A video from Shell highlights how engineers involved in design and construction of the ultra-deepwater Appomattox development tackled complex challenges to meet the operator's ambitious goals for the project, including longer lifespan and greener operations.
The Appomattox development, a joint venture between Shell (79%, operator) and CNOOC (21%), is one of the largest projects launched in the US Gulf of Mexico in recent years. The floating production system was brought on stream earlier this year, several months ahead of schedule.
The development, which produces from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, includes a semisubmersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill centers, 15 producing wells and five water injection wells. The platform is expected to produce 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).