HOUSTON -- Construction of the crude oil pipeline serving the BHP Billiton-operated Shenzi field in the Gulf of Mexico is complete, according to Enterprise Products Partners. The 83-mi (134-km), 20-in. (51-cm) diameter pipeline is now transporting production from the deepwater discovery in Green Canyon block 653.
The pipeline, which has a capacity of 230,000 b/d of crude oil, connects to the Ship Shoal 332B junction platform, giving Shenzi producers access to the Enterprise-operated Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline and Poseidon Oil Pipeline systems. Located in approximately 4,300 ft (1,311 m) of water about 120 mi (193 km) off the coast of Louisiana, the Shenzi field is owned by a joint venture comprising BHP Billiton (operator), Repsol E&P USA Inc., and Hess Corp.