Oil major Shell’s Turritella FPSO (floating production storage and offloading unit) has set sail from Singapore bound for the Gulf of Mexico.
It will head to the Stones Project, 200miles southwest of New Orleans, in the Walker Ridge area.
The vessel set sail from Singapore earlier this month and will connect to subsea infrastructure in water depths of 9500ft.
A spokesman for Shell said: “Using this floating vessel allows us to address the relative lack of infrastructure, seabed complexity, and unique reservoir properties.
“Aside from being the world’s deepest facility, it also features an industry-first application of combining a disconnectable buoy with steel lazy wave risers – steel pipe with in-line buoyancy
that absorbs the vessel’s motion and boosts riser performance at extreme depths.”
Shell owns and operates 100% of the Stones project.
The first phase will see eight subsea production wells tied back to the FPSO.
The project is expected to reach 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent in its first phase and the field is estimated to have more than two billion barrels of oil in place.