Production at Shenzi exceeds design capacity

Production from seven subsea-completed wells tied in to the Shenzi tension-leg platform on Green Canyon Block 653 in the Gulf of Mexico is now at 120,000 bo/d, which exceeds the 100,000 bo/d nominal design capacity of the facility, BHP Billiton Petroleum (GOM) Inc. said.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 10
-- Production from seven subsea-completed wells tied in to the Shenzi tension-leg platform on Green Canyon Block 653 in the Gulf of Mexico is now at 120,000 bo/d, which exceeds the 100,000 bo/d nominal design capacity of the facility, BHP Billiton Petroleum (GOM) Inc. said.

Production to the facility started on Mar. 23.

Two additional wells are shut in and available for production when the facility can handle more flow, the company notes.

The Shenzi TLP is in 4,300 m of water about 120 miles off Louisiana.

Shenzi field lies on four blocks: Green Canyon 609, 610, 653, and 654. When fully developed, BHP Billiton expects the field to have 15 producing wells and future water injection wells.

Crude oil export is via an Enterprise Products Partners LP 83-mile, 20-in. pipeline connected to Ship Shoal 332 B junction platform, while natural gas export is via the Cleopatra pipeline in which BHP Billiton has a 22% equity share.

Operator BHP Billiton has a 44% share of Shenzi. Partners in Shenzi are Hess Corp. and Repsol E&P USA Inc., each with a 28%.

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