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As global energy demand continues to rise, our customers’ priority will be access to secure supplies of energy. Fossil fuels will continue to meet the bulk of energy demand, but easy-to-reach supplies are becoming scarce. One approach we take is to responsibly develop resources from challenging locations such as deep water.
Hundreds of metres below the ocean’s surface, extreme pressure and freezing temperatures make gas and oil production a tough challenge. We have pushed the boundaries of what is technically possible and safely achievable to unlock these resources.
Our major deep-water projects include Perdido in the Gulf of Mexico, which set a water depth record for an offshore oil drilling and production platform at 2,450 metres (8,000 feet). Our other projects in the Gulf of Mexico include Mars B, where we are developing a new platform to boost production from the Mars field, and Cardamom Deep, being developed from our Auger platform.
We are also moving ahead to develop Stones, an ultra-deep-water oil and gas development that will host the deepest production facility in the world in approximately 2,900 metres (9,500 feet) of water.
Our other firsts in deep water include at the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) - opens on Shell.com in English off the coast of Brazil, where we first installed large electrical pumps in the seabed to pump the oil and gas up from low-pressure reservoirs.
In the waters off Malaysia, our Gumusut-Kakap project uses advanced technologies and an innovative approach that links its production wells to an existing platform.
The Olympus hull arrives in the Gulf of Mexico, USA