HOUSTON – Shell reports that it has achieved a key milestone in the development of its Appomattox project, which is slated to produce first oil from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico by the end of the decade.
The company says that the hull for the Appomattox platform is en route from Geoje, South Korea, to Ingleside, Texas, where the topsides will be added and construction completed. With the recent completion and sail away of the hull, Shell says that fabrication is more than 60% complete and on schedule.
The Appomattox development initially will produce from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, with average peak production estimated at 175,000 boe/d. The development host will comprise a semisubmersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill centers, 15 producing wells, and five water injection wells.
Appomattox is 80 mi (129 km) offshore Louisiana, in approximately 7,200 ft (2,195 m) of water. The platform and the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields will be owned by Shell (79%) and Nexen Petroleum Offshore U.S.A. Inc. (21%), a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd.