Shell's largest floating platform begins production in Gulf

Extracting oil from 150 million-year-old Jurassic reservoir

Don Ames
May 25, 2019 - 12:39 pm

Royal Dutch Shell

Production has begun ahead of schedule at Shell Oil's Appomattox platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Upstream director for Royal Dutch Shell, Andy Brown, said in a news release Friday that the site was brought online earlier than expected and under budget.

Shell expects Appomattox to produce about 175,000 barrels of oil per day at its peak.

Shell's largest floating platform, Appomattox operates in 7,400-feet of water, a depth equivalent to about five Empire State Buildings.

It's the first large-scale production from what's known as the Gulf's Norphlet formation, about 200 miles southeast of Port Fourchon. 

It's also the Gulf's first production from a Jurassic reservoir, high-quality oil in sediments that date back about 150 million years.

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