HOUSTON – bp has reported the successful start-up of its Herschel Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The Herschel Expansion field is located in the Mississippi Canyon block 520, southeast of the bp-operated Na Kika platform in approximately 6,700 ft of water.
Phase 1 of the Herschel Expansion project comprises development of a new subsea production system and the first of up to three wells tied to the Na Kika platform. At its peak, this first well is expected to increase platform annual gross production by an estimated 10,600 boe/d.
Starlee Sykes, bp senior vice president Gulf of Mexico and Canada said: “bp continues to grow its position in the Gulf of Mexico by bringing online high-quality projects. Like other recent start-ups in the Gulf of Mexico, with Herschel we are tying into existing infrastructure to produce some of the most efficient barrels in the world. Focusing our hydrocarbons business on the highest quality resources such as these sits at the heart of bp’s strategy. Doing so safely, ahead of schedule and under budget is testament to the caliber of the team.”
The bp-operated well, drilled to a depth of approximately 19,000 ft, is located southeast of the Na Kika platform, approximately 140 miles off the coast of New Orleans. The project provides infrastructure for future well tie-in opportunities. bp and Shell each hold a 50% working interest in the Herschel development.