Project overview

The development, located in the Gulf of Mexico and including the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, is the first commercial discovery for the industry in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation.

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.

Appomattox Videos

Appomattox Hull Sail Away

Watch Shell’s Appomattox hull is making its way to Ingleside, Texas where the final phase of host construction took place.

Appomattox hull arrives in Texas

Watch the video of the Appomattox hull arriving at Ingleside, Texas, where host construction took place with topsides integration with the hull.

Appomattox makes its journey home

Watch! Take a look back at its final journey to its home in the Gulf of Mexico.

Appomattox: Connecting Seabed to Surface

Watch as the Appomattox team safely and successfully delivers the mission critical task of connecting seabed to surface.

Appomattox begins production

Production begins at the ‘amazing’ Appomattox, safely and ahead of schedule. 

Key facts

Location: Gulf of Mexico; 80 miles (129 kilometers) from the nearest shoreline in Louisiana in the Mississippi Canyon and DeSoto Canyon areas

Depth: Depth: Water depth ~7,400 feet (2,195 meters)

Interests: Shell 79% owner and operator, Nexen Petroleum Offshore USA Inc. 21%

Fields: Appomattox and Vicksburg

Production: Peak annual production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).

Appomattox: an energy project that defied the odds

During the toughest downturn in oil prices, some energy projects had to find inventive ways to survive. One was Appomattox, Shell's major deep-water project in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Press releases

Shell starts production at Appomattox in the Gulf of Mexico

May 23, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell Offshore Inc (Shell) announces today that production has started at the Shell-operated Appomattox floating production system months ahead of schedule, opening a new frontier in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico.

Shell takes final investment decision for the Appomattox deep-water development in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 1, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) today announces the final investment decision (FID) to advance the Appomattox deep-water development in the Gulf of Mexico. This decision authorises the construction and installation of Shell’s eighth and largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The Appomattox development will initially produce from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, with average peak production estimated to reach approximately 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. The platform and the 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.

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