LONDON — Production started on the Vito platform in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) on Feb. 16.
Vito employs a simplified and cost-efficient host design that was rescoped in 2015, resulting in an ~80% reduction in lifetime CO2 emissions and more than 70% reduction in costs versus the original concept. Estimated recoverable resources are about 290 MMboe.
Zoe Yujnovich, Shell’s Upstream Director, said, “Building on more than 40 years of deepwater expertise, projects like Vito enable us to generate greater value from the GoM, where our production has amongst the lowest greenhouse-gas intensity in the world for producing oil.”
Vito is Shell’s 13ᵗʰ deepwater host in the GoM. Vito is a four-column semisubmersible host facility with eight subsea wells (31,000 ft or 9,400 m) with deep (18,000 ft or 5,500 m) in-well, gas lift, and associated subsea flowlines and equipment.
Vito also serves as the design standard for Shell's Whale project that will feature a 99% replication of the Vito hull and 80% of Vito’s topsides. Shell reached a final investment decision on Whale in 2021 and is scheduled to begin production in 2024.