An Overview of the Deep-Water Gulf of Mexico

Experienced energy industry executive David Lawrence recently served as executive vice president of exploration and commercial at Shell Upstream Americas and currently leads Lawrence Energy Group, LLC, as the company’s chairman and CEO. During his time at Shell, David Lawrence helped guide the company’s exploration work in areas around the globe, including the deep-water portion of the Australia, Nigeria, Brazil, Malaysia and the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell recently took final investment decision on its deep water Gulf of Mexico Appomatax project. According to Shell, the sanctioned project includes capital for the development of 650 million boe resources at Appomattox and Vicksburg, with start-up estimated around the end of this decade. The development of Shell’s recent, nearby discoveries at the Gettysburg and Rydberg prospects remains under review. These could become additional, high-value tiebacks to Appomattox, bringing the total estimated discovered resources in the area to more than 800 million boe.

Much of the drilling in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico take place in the Miocene and Tertiary trends, Shell had the first major discovery in the Tertiary trend at its great Great White prospect in Alaminos Canyon, The discovery formed core of the Perdido project, with peak production of greater than 100,000 barrels of oil over day.

In the Miocene Trend, Shell’s Mars B development should extend the life of the greater Mars basin to 2050 or beyond. First oil production from Mars B began in February 2014 through Olympus, Shell’s seventh, and largest, floating deep-water platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to the Olympus drilling and production platform, the Shell Mars B development includes subsea wells at the West Boreas and South Deimos fields, export pipelines, and a shallow-water platform located near the Louisiana coast.

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