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Shell is developing its major Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Cardamom project is expected to produce 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) a day at peak production.
|Location:||Gulf of Mexico, USA|
|Depth:||8,600 metres (26,000 feet)|
|Design Production:||50 kbbl/d|
On June 9, 2011 Shell announced its final investment decision to develop the Cardamom reserves from a new subsea system that will tie back to Auger and from direct vertical access wells drilled from the Auger TLP. The development includes plans to drill five wells over two years. Cardamom is expected to produce 50,000 barrel of oil equivalents (boe) per day at its peak rate.
In February 2011 the Cardamom Exploration Plan was the first blue-water well to be approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) after the moratorium was lifted. In March 2010 the Auger 16ST3 well was drilled to 9,449 metres (31,000 feet) measured depth into the Cardamom deep formation and logged 220 net feet of oil-bearing Miocene-aged sands. Auger 16ST4 was completed up dip of the ST3 and was brought onto production 31 December 2010.
Cardamom uses state-of-the-art seismic technology, allowing for deep exploration around existing structures (Auger).
Environment and society
Production from Cardamom will flow through the Auger platform, limiting the development’s offshore footprint by using existing infrastructure.
The project will provide more jobs for offshore workers.