TULSA, Oklahoma – Williams has agreed with Shell Offshore Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. to provide offshore natural gas gathering and crude oil transportation services as well as onshore natural gas processing services for the Whale field development in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Located on Alaminos Canyon block 773, the Whale semisubmersible FPU will be about 10 mi (16 km) from the Shell-operated Perdido spar.
Shell Offshore Inc. is the operator and holds 60% interest in the Whale field. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. holds 40% interest.
Williams plans to expand its existing Gulf of Mexico offshore infrastructure via a 25-mi (40-km) gas lateral pipeline build from the Whale platform to the existing Perdido gas pipeline and a new 125-mi (201-km) oil pipeline to the existing Williams-owned GA-A244 junction platform. The natural gas will be transported to the company’s Markham gas processing plant in Matagorda, Texas.
First production is expected to come online in 2024.
Micheal Dunn, COO of Williams, said: “Our asset synergies in the Gulf of Mexico are second to none, and we are pleased to strengthen our existing onshore and offshore infrastructure to further serve the growing needs of deepwater producers.
“The development of Whale expands Williams’ footprint in the Gulf by contracting one of the largest discoveries in the past decade and creating future connection opportunities for producers that will capture the full value of these important deepwater resources.”
The company owns and operates 3,500 mi (5,633 km) of natural gas and oil gathering and transmission pipeline, along with 1.8 bcf/d of cryogenic processing capacity and 60,000 b/d of fractionation capacity that span the Gulf of Mexico. It also has ownership in two floating production platforms, multiple fixed leg utility platforms, and other related facilities.