Shell Offshore Inc. (SOI) has found that wells in its Gulf of Mexico Auger field have produced far beyond expectations. And the company is using Auger lessons to fine tune its deepwater exploration and production program. Shell began Auger oil and gas production in April 1994, using a tension leg platform (TLP) installed in 2,860 ft of water. That set a Gulf of Mexico production depth record, which Shell expects shortly to beat three times. "SOI's deepwater gulf strategy is very similar to the development program for the North Sea," said Rich Pattarozzi, general manager of the company's deepwater division. "We are putting in infrastructure to develop big discoveries, and we w...

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