It was followed by drilling an appraisal sidetrack well that same year to a depth of 7,910m (25,950ft), which encountered approximately 116m (380ft) of oil pay. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Todd Coulon of Shell gives a tour on the Appomattox, in the monitor room on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. Sanctioned in July 2015, Appomattox is 80 mi (129 km) offshore Louisiana, in approximately 7,200 ft (2,195 m) of water. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), An employee prepares to paint an item in the power module area on Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Notes stuck onto a cooler as it gets stocked in the galley of the Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The Appomattox offshore oil production platform is Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. endobj The platform will operate in ocean depths of 7,400 feet, where it’s expected to produce up to 175,000 barrels a day of oil equivalent. The Appomattox field is primarily situated in Mississippi Canyon block 392 and straddles blocks 391 and 348, whereas the Vicksburg discovery is situated in Mississippi Canyon block 393. Appomattox consists of a semi-submersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill centers, 15 producing wells, and five water injection wells. Anglers often catch Yellowfin Tuna, and many different species of Sharks. With subsea fabrication, offshore installation, and the pre-drill campaign also ongoing, the project is on track for first oil by the end of the decade. Well drilling. In 1979, Shell began producing from the first deep-water field at depths of more than 1,000 feet. Appomattox platform shows Shell isn’t giving up on deepwater drilling, The view of Appomattox, Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, from a dusty van window as a tour makes its way to the platform before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. <>>> The Appomattox is named after the Virginia court house where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered in 1865, essentially ending the Civil War. “We call it the jewel and the crown of the deepwater business,” said Wael Sawan, Shell’s executive vice president of deepwater. “The bet was made, and we’re about to start cashing in,” Sawan said. As for the Appomattox, the hull was built in South Korea and shipped to Texas during a multiweek journey that ended in early October — not long after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the ares. The Appomattox is Shell’s largest platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The was laster reduced to less than $50. Offshore Energy Today Staff The platform and Appomattox and Vicksburg fields will be owned by Shell (79%) and Nexen Petroleum Offshore U.S.A. Inc. (21%), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Kelly Bowen, senior staff civil engineer for Shell, points to the water below the platform during a tour of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. %PDF-1.5 They’re what we call resilient projects,” Sawan said. 3 0 obj The “BIG” series follows Hammond as he goes behind the scenes to explore some of the world’s largest and most impressive structures to gain insight into the science of ‘big.’ A-Appomattox (2623) is a gas/oil platform built by Shell Offshore Inc. and installed on 06/07/2018. 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The platform can hold 180 people, some rooms have two beds, others have four beds. An additional 30 percent was cut afterwards. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Todd Coulon of Shell gives a tour of the monitoring room on Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. Shell’s Appomattox, located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, US, has become the first high temperature (HT) project to gain Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approval and begin production. The multibillion-dollar Appomattox was authorized by Shell in 2015, representing the first major deep-water project approved after oil prices crashed in late 2014. <> Shell and other companies have moved to simplify platform designs that can be replicated and use standardized components, rather that starting from scratch each time with customized parts and equipment. But the most important number for Shell is this one: The Appomattox has the potential to produce 175,000 barrels of oil a day. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A two-bunk sleeping quarters on the Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. HOUSTON– Shell has reported that the Appomattox semisubmersible production platform has departed Ingleside, Texas, and is on its way to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico.. Most energy companies, however, are refusing to build new platforms, instead opting to drill wells near existing platforms and connect them via underwater networks of pipelines and umbilicals. The topside portions were built in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama and pieced together in Ingleside. The massive Appomattox oil platform will set sail in May from a dock in Ingleside en route to the eastern Gulf of Mexico as Royal Dutch Shell aims to trigger a new beginning for the deep-water Gulf of Mexico following the recent oil bust. %���� With the arrival of the hull in Texas, the project is more than 65% complete, and Appomattox is on track to achieve first oil by the end of the decade. A-Appomattox is considered a minor platform that stands in 7400 feet of water and may provide habitat for many different offshore species of fish. The Appomattox platform is expected to produce 1750,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Richard Hammond’s “BIG” series on the Discovery’s Science Channel features Shell’s amazing Appomattox floating platform system in the Gulf of Mexico. Sawan said he sees the project as milestone for an industry that needed to adjust its approach and make deepwater projects affordable in the lower oil price environment. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Employees work on one of the lifeboats that is attatched to Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. stream ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A series of switches and controls on Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. Shell said it cut 20 percent off the price tag before approving the Appomattox in 2015. The Appomattox development host will consist of a semi-submersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill … BSEE inspects Shell's new Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, only two other Gulf platforms have moved forward, including Shell’s Vito project, which was authorized this week. “It started here and it continues to evolve here.”. Sep 2, 2019 - Explore Craig Lang's board "Shell Appomattox" on Pinterest. A tieback from the Vicksburg field to the Appomattox platform is already planned, and a tieback from the Gettysburg field … 4/3/2018. It is is a four-column semi-submersible production platform, moored using 16 mooring lines arranged in 4×4 clusters, in 2,255m (7,400ft) of water approximately 130 kilometers offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. It was heralded as the energy project that defied the odds after being constructed under budget, and ahead of schedule during one of the most severe industry downturns in recent history. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Shell construction engineer Shwanna Ried walks the bridge off of Appomattox, during a tour on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The Appomattox hull has arrived at Ingleside, Texas, where host construction is underway with topsides integration with the hull. x��[[s� ~�L��v��7Q��x&�K��n�������r�Vq������ ����{�LV�����n�u�l����Wm�/7Ŋ�]�>����}�����6o˧����}�M-�UQ/���v}{~v��3ΣX����g1�Ǚ�∧̨$)�}�~7� {h�ϠC�d�O�8��Kz��_7�gw�/۹�5m^UH��B̶s9c�l���B��93hֳuY�լh��ۿ��}ʐ��m���1=w0������?��ا��e�-�Om����秧��L��L��%c���ܼ�8���8�4*�#�8�DƘ4cKd�������'f��8�RA��R�d*#��H�̤�1. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Preview Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. Crude settled at $68.19 a barrel in New York Thursday. 1 0 obj See how a massive oil platform narrowly escapes the path of a super typhoon on its journey around the globe. The only other Gulf platform project approved since the bust — BP’s Mad Dog Phase 2 project — was authorized only after BP slashed its costs by more than hald, from $20 billion down to $9 billion. In addition to the Gulf of Mexio, Sawan said, Shell is expanding in North Sea and waters off the coast of Brazil, Malaysia and other countries. Shell is now betting on cost reductions and technological efficiencies to make offshore fields competitive with shale plays. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Workers Preview Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. “These projects are bets on the future. Many oil platforms will also contain facilities to accommodate their workforce. “And it comes at a time when the (global) market needs more oil.”. The platform will be based in the Gulf of Mexico. The field was further appraised in F… That’s much cheaper, but it also means less oil and gas volumes. The Appomattox platform, which currently has an expected production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), is the first commercial discovery now brought into production in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A sample of place settings that will be used on the Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. Water pump repairs. Prelude FLNG is the world's largest floating liquefied natural gas platform as well as the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Shell's Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Umar Ali 24 May 2019 (Last Updated May 24th, 2019 11:47) Royal Dutch Shell has, through its subsidiary Shell Offshore, started production at the Appomattox floating production system in the Gulf of Mexico. The Appomattox field is expected to have an average peak annual production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The Vito project will come in about 70 percent cheaper than the original project design, the company said. Water well installations. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), The links connected to Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, weigh about 850 pounds each, photographe don on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The Prelude was built by the Technip / Samsung Consortium (TSC) in South Korea for a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell, KOGAS, and Inpex. Shell said today it expects to record post-tax charges of £2.6 billion to £3.4bn in the fourth quarter of … Shell switched to using four standard well designs worldwide versus dozens previously. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A tour group passes by the workout room on the Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. This semi-submersible platform is located about 129 kilometres from Louisiana, where the water depth is an astounding 2,195 metres. In these conditions, the Appomattox semi-submersible platform should have a treatment capacity of 100,000 barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil.. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Todd Coulon adjusts the life preservers after pulling one out during a preview Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Views of the platform are seen in the monitoring room on the deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The platform and Appomattox and Vicksburg fields will be owned by Shell with 79% interest; wholly owned CNOOC Ltd. subsidiary Nexen Petroleum Offshore USA Inc. holds the remaining interest. The Appomattox weighs 85,000 tons, contains six and a half football fields’ worth of floor space and displaces more ocean water than an aircraft carrier. 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