Na Kika to host gulf's first floating production system

Units of Shell and BP will spend $1.26 billion excluding lease costs to develop six widely-spaced deepwater oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico using an innovative floating, centralized, multiarm subsea production scheme.Output from the project, to be known as Na Kika, is to start by mid-2003 in the eastern Mississippi Canyon area.Shell Exploration & Production Co. and three other companies also revealed the Princess discovery on MC 765 north of Ursa field. Princess, not part of Na Kika, holds potential reserves greater than 200 MMBOE (see Newsletter, this issue).Na Kika ultimately is to recover more than 300 MMBOE. It will initially involve development of five fields: Ariel (MC 429)...

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