HOUSTON -- Shell turned on the taps at its Cardamom development in the Gulf of Mexico – the second major deepwater facility the company has brought online in the GoM this year. The first was Mars B in February.
The field is expected to produce 50,000 boe/d at peak and more than 140 MMboe over its lifetime. Production will be sent to the Auger platform, which will increase its total capacity to 130,000 boe/d. Since Auger’s first production in 1994, the facility has received several upgrades to process additional production from new discoveries. Cardamom is Auger's seventh subsea development.
The Cardamom reservoir lies beneath thick layers of salt in rock more than 4 mi (6.4 km) below the sea floor, and went undetected by conventionalseismic surveys, the company said.
Cardamom is 225 mi (362 km) southwest of New Orleans in a water depth of 2,700 ft (820 m).