Key facts

Location: Gulf of Mexico, USA

Water depth: 830 metres (2,720 feet)

Interests: Shell 100%

Field: Cardamom

Design production: 50,000 boe/d

Project development

On September 8, 2014, Shell announced first oil from the Cardamom development. This new subsea system is connected to the Auger platform. The development includes five new wells and is expected to produce 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day at its peak rate. Since first production at Auger in 1994, the facility has received several upgrades to process additional production from new discoveries. Cardamom is Auger’s seventh subsea development.Project development.

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 after the moratorium on deep-water offshore drilling was lifted. Shell announced its final investment decision to develop the Cardamom field on June 9, 2011.


Cardamom uses advanced seismic technology that enables deep-water exploration around the existing Auger structure. The Cardamom reservoir sits beneath thick layers of salt in rock more than 6 kilometres below the sea floor, and went undetected by conventional seismic surveys. Shell used the latest advancements in seismic technology to discover Cardamom in 2010.

The Cardamom field lies about 360 kilometres south-west of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water more than 800 metres deep.

Environment and society

Production from Cardamom flows through the Auger platform, limiting the development’s offshore footprint by using existing infrastructure.

The project has provided additional jobs for offshore workers.

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