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Appomattox hull arrives in US Gulf

Written by  Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:20

The hull for the Appomattox field development facility arrived last week at the Ingleside, Texas shipyard where it will undergo final construction before installation in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Source: Shell

The Appomattox development project is more than 65% complete, and is on track to achieve first oil by the end of the decade, a Shell spokesperson said in a statement to OE.

Appomattox will add approximately 175,000 boe/d (Shell share) when it reaches peak production, with resources of approximately 650 MMbbl from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, and potential to increase in the future through near-field discoveries such as Rydberg. 

The platform will tower more than 20 stories above the ocean once fully assembled. It will float in 7400ft of water, span an area larger than two football fields, and will weigh more than the world’s largest naval aircraft carriers, Shell said.

In early August, the hull set sail for the US Gulf from Geoje, South Korea.

“This deepwater development positions Shell for competitive and sustainable growth in the Gulf of Mexico for years to come,” the company said.

Appomattox is one of three field development projects under construction in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The other two are Kaikias and Coulomb Phase 2.

Shell has said its deepwater business is a growth priority for the company. By 2020, Shell expects its deepwater production to grow to over 900,000 boe/d from already discovered, established reservoirs.

The company confirmed to OE that it has filed an exploration plan for Garden Banks Block 962 in the Gulf of Mexico, but the exact timing for drilling the Caramel Keg exploration well has yet to be determined.

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