Shell has announced that production has started at its operated Appomattox floating production system months ahead of schedule, opening a new frontier in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Appomattox floating production system is located approximately 129 kilometres south east of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation, in 2,255 metres of water.
Appomattox, which currently has an expected production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), is the first commercial discovery now brought into production in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation.
“That Appomattox was safely brought online ahead of schedule and far under budget is a testament to our ongoing commitment to drive down costs through efficiency improvements during execution,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director, Royal Dutch Shell. “Appomattox creates a core long-term hub for Shell in the Norphlet through which we can tie back several already discovered fields as well as future discoveries.”
Shell made it clear that the start of production at Appomattox is only just the beginning of further maximising the flow of resources in the prolific Norphlet surrounding Appomattox.
Appomattox is a joint venture between Shell (79 per cent, operator) and CNOOC (21 per cent).