This paper describes the two phase development of the Hudson field and the production performance in Phase I that was used to modify the development plan. The paper follows field development into the first months of Phase II and covers plans for future reservoir management.

Like many current and future Northern North Sea developments, the Hudson field is relatively small and within reach of existing infrastructure (figure 1). Limited appraisal data and the desire to limit up front capital expenditure (CAPEX) led to an innovative phased development concept with early cash flow from leased production facilities funding the later full field exploitation. Reservoir data gathered in Phase I would be used to optimise the Phase II expansion.

The highly successful Phase I development was from 2 wells producing to the Petrojarl I floating production storage and offtake vessel. There was no water injection. Results yielded information about aquifer connectivity, geological layering and well deliverability that have influenced several aspects of the development plan in addition to producing 17.5 mmstb of oil to fund the remainder of the project.

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