BP has safely started up production from one of its “high-value” projects in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Manuel includes a new subsea production system for two new wells tied into the Na Kika platform.
The wells are expected to boost gross platform production by an estimated 20,100 barrels of oil equivant a day (boe/d).
It’s the fourth of five major projects BP expects to deliver globally this year.
The BP-operated wells, drilled to a depth of about 21,000 feet, are located southeast of the Na Kika platform, approximately 140 miles off the coast of New Orleans.
BP and Shell each hold a 50% working interest in the Manuel development, located in the Mississippi Canyon block 520.
Starlee Sykes, BP senior vice president Gulf of Mexico and Canada said: “Manuel is exactly the type of high-value project that is critical to growing our business here in the Gulf of Mexico. bp’s focused and resilient hydrocarbons business is a key pillar of our strategy. This start-up is another example of our team’s commitment to safe and reliable operations.”
BP is the leading producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, operating four production platforms – Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Na Kika.
A fifth platform, Argos, is expected to come online in 2022.
The supermajor anticipates growth in its production in the region to increase by more than 400,000 boe/d by the mid-2020s.
Ewan Drummond, bp senior vice president of projects, production and operations said: “Our disciplined investment in Manuel is part of our target to add 900,000 boe/d of production from new projects by the end of 2021. The safe production of resilient hydrocarbons in the basins we know best is core to advancing our strategy to transform into an integrated energy company.”