When production from its fields started to slow, Auger looked destined for decommissioning. But in 2010 its fate took a dramatic turn.

Using a new breed of seismic technology, Shell’s engineers discovered a whole untapped field – called Cardamom – hidden behind a vast salt deposit, 4 miles (6.4km) below the sea floor. To reach its oil, they drilled one of the world’s longest wells.  

In September 2014, Auger began producing energy from Cardamom – an extra 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent each day at its peak, to make it Shell’s largest net producer in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch the story of a legendary platform and the oil field that is reinventing it – a success story unlike any other in deep water.

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Shell has developed the Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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