ITHACA Energy Inc. is confident that production will commence in November from the Stella field in the Central North Sea following the successful marine trials of the “FPF-1” floating production facility.

The “FPF-1” is now on its way to the Stella field location following completion of a modifications programme.

The FPF-1 modifications programme, which has been undertaken by Petrofac in the Remontowa shipyard in Poland, was completed in July. Ithaca said that importantly, all the onshore scope and testing work scheduled for completion in the yard has been completed as planned, avoiding costly carry over of unfinished work offshore.

The vessel has been materially upgraded to accommodate the requirements of the Greater Stella Area (GSA) hub.  Additional buoyancy and enhancements to the marine systems have been undertaken to extend the operational life of the vessel and entirely new topside oil and gas processing facilities have been installed.