Apache North Sea Limited has extended the charters of the Solstad Offshore platform supply vessels Sea Flyer and Sea Forth
Norway’s Solstad Offshore reported that the contract extensions are one-year firm plus options commencing January 2020, in direct continuation of the present contract.
Sea Flyer and Sea Forth have been supporting Apache since January 2014. Both Ulstein PX105 X-Bow designs, Sea Flyer and Sea Forth were built by China’s Zhejiang Shipbuilding in Ningbo in 2013. The sister vessels have an overall length of 88.9 m, beam of 19.7 m and draught of 6.65 m, with a deck area of 1,023 m2.
Apache entered the UK North Sea in 2003 after acquiring a 97% working interest in the Forties field. Apache initiated production from its Garten development in the Beryl area in late November 2018, less than eight months after being drilled in March 2018.
In reporting its Q3 2019 results, Apache said it averaged three rigs in the North Sea during the quarter and produced 54,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boed). Apache expected to bring its first well at Storr in the Beryl area online in November and its second well at Garten online around year-end. Its first well at Garten is producing about 6,400 boed.