Shell announces second major 2014 start up in deep-water Gulf of Mexico with Cardamom development first oil
08 Sep 2014--Production is now underway from the Cardamom development, the second major deep-water facility
Shell has brought online in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico this year, following the start-up of Mars B in February. Oil from the
Cardamom subsea development (100% Shell) is piped through Shell's Auger platform. When at full production of
50,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d), Auger's total production capacity will increase to 130,000 boe/d.
"Cardamom is a high-value addition to Shell's production at the Auger platform and is another example of our
excellence in deep-water project delivery," said Marvin Odum, Shell Upstream Americas Director. "The work to extend
the production life of our first deep-water tension-leg platform is impressive and involved advanced exploration and
development technology. Our additional opportunities in deep water mean that this will remain an important, high-return
growth area for Shell."
Since its first production in 1994, the facility has received several upgrades to process additional production from new
discoveries. Cardamom is Auger's seventh subsea development.
The Cardamom reservoir sits beneath thick layers of salt in rock more than four miles (6.4 kilometers) below the sea
floor and went undetected by conventional seismic surveys. Shell used the latest advancements in seismic technology
to discover Cardamom in 2010.
The Cardamom field is 225 miles (362 kilometres) south-west of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water more than 2,700
feet (820 metres) deep.
Other deep-water Gulf of Mexico growth for Shell includes the Mars B (Shell 71.5%) development, which continues to
ramp up production; the ultra-deep-water Stones (Shell 100%, 50,000 boe/d) project, which is under construction; front
-end engineering and design is progressing for the Appomattox (Shell 80%) project; and, in a recent exploration
success, Shell announced a major discovery at its Rydberg (Shell 57.2%) well in the Norphlet play. Shell also
discovered oil at its Kaikias (Shell 100%) well in the Mars basin, which will require further appraisal in 2015.
Last month, Shell also started oil production from its Bonga North West (Shell 55%, 40,000 boe/d) deep water
development off the coast of Nigeria and recently announced a natural gas discovery at its Marjoram-1 (Shell 85%)
deep-water well in Malaysia, where the Gumusut-Kakap (Shell 33%) deep-water platform is also on track for
production this year.