Perdido well in gulf sets water depth record for a subsea producer

By OGJ editors

A completed subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico's Tobago field set a producing well water depth record of 9,627 ft, according to Shell Oil Co.

Tobago is one of the three Lower Tertiary fields producing to the Perdido drilling and production spar, moored in about 8,000 ft of water on Alaminos Canyon Block 857. Tobago field lies about 8 miles from Mexican waters.

Shell said the previous water depth record of 9,356 ft was held by a Silvertip well also producing to the Perdido spar.

Great White is the third field producing to the Perdido spar, which has a capacity to handle 100,000 bo/d and 200 MMscfd.

Perdido accesses the Great White, Tobago, and Silvertip oil and gas fields with subsea completed wells directly below the facility and from wells up to 7 miles away.

Production to Perdido started on Mar. 31, 2010.

Interest owners in Tobago are operator Shell 32.5%, Chevron USA Inc. 57.5%, and Nexen Inc. 10%.

The Perdido spar is owned by Shell 33.34%, BP Exploration & Production Inc. 33.33%, and Chevron 33.33%.

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