Construction is complete for Appomattox, Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Take a closer look at the Appomattox project during its journey in the videos below.

Key facts

Location: Gulf of Mexico, 130 kilometres (80 miles) off Louisiana

Depth: 2,255 metres (7,400 feet)

Interests: Shell (79% operator), Nexen Petroleum Offshore USA Inc. (21%)

Fields: Appomattox, Vicksburg

Average peak annual production: 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent

Project development

Building on Shell’s history of leadership in the Gulf of Mexico, the Appomattox development is a cornerstone of our global deep-water strategy that will drive safe, competitive, and profitable production growth for years to come.

The Appomattox development will initially produce from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, with first oil by the end of the decade and average peak production estimated to reach approximately 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).

Shell first discovered the Appomattox field in 2010 and Vicksburg in 2013 and the final investment decision (FID) to advance the Appomattox project was made in July 2015. Since taking FID, Shell has achieved more than 25% cost savings, in addition to approximately 20% cost reduction on the project prior to FID. These cost reductions have been the result of efficient execution, significant well cost reductions and lower market costs.

The Appomattox hull, weighing 40,000 metric tons, is the largest floating production system that Shell has ever built. Constructed in Geoje, South Korea, it made its way to Ingleside, Texas, USA, in 2017 where the host platform and subsea infrastructure were added.

In May 2018 the Appomattox platform left Ingleside to travel to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. Production is expected to start in 2019.

Strategic, competitive and innovative

With Shell’s industry-leading position in the deep water, our business is on a growth trajectory, including expanding production opportunities in this area of our Gulf of Mexico heartland. Currently we are the only operator in the Gulf of Mexico with commercial deep-water discoveries in the Norphlet formation, including Appomattox, Vicksburg, Rydberg and Ft. Sumter.

Shell continues to focus on the break even price of the project to pursue cost reductions, making this development an attractive and competitive investment in Shell’s global portfolio.

As a leading, competitive and innovative project in deep water, Appomattox will continue this legacy to safely, responsibly and efficiently unlock energy resources from this industry-first, frontier development.

Read more about how the Appomattox team were able to cut costs on the project without compromising safety.

Deep-water milestones

Appomattox: an energy project that defied the odds

Appomattox, one of Shell’s biggest deep-water platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, has left Texas, USA, and is heading to its final location. It was built despite one of the toughest downturns in oil prices for decades.

Read the Inside Energy story

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