Spanning the width of two football fields and weighing 125,000 metric tons — more than the largest aircraft carriers — the Appomattox is Shell’s largest oil platform ever launched in the Gulf. 4/3/2018. The platform weighs 125,000 metric tons, reaches water depths of 7,400 ft., and will produce 175,000 barrels of oil per day. The Appomattox weighs 85,000 tons, contains six and a half football fields’ worth of floor space and displaces more ocean water than an aircraft carrier. See more ideas about appomattox, floating platform, oil and gas. Shell is now betting on cost reductions and technological efficiencies to make offshore fields competitive with shale plays. endobj Richard Hammond’s “BIG” series on the Discovery’s Science Channel features Shell’s amazing Appomattox floating platform system in the Gulf of Mexico. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Preview Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. stream The platform can hold 180 people, some rooms have two beds, others have four beds. But it’s the Gulf of Mexico that Shell truly considers its heartland for deep water, he said. The platform will be based in the Gulf of Mexico. “The bet was made, and we’re about to start cashing in,” Sawan said. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Plastic sits on a guage to keep it from getting damaged in the power module area of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. <>/ExtGState<>/XObject<>/Pattern<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> Offshore staff. This exciting voyage from South Korea to the Gulf of Mexico is no small feat with the Appomattox weighing more than an aircraft carrier. 2 0 obj See how a massive oil platform narrowly escapes the path of a super typhoon on its journey around the globe. “We call it the jewel and the crown of the deepwater business,” said Wael Sawan, Shell’s executive vice president of deepwater. Shell’s Stones development in the Gulf, which came online in 2016, is operating at depths of 9,500 feet — the deepest in the world. Shell said today it expects to record post-tax charges of £2.6 billion to £3.4bn in the fourth quarter of … Shell is taking that approach with its Kaikias and Coulomb Phase 2 projects in the Gulf, both of which are under construction. Since then, only two other Gulf platforms have moved forward, including Shell’s Vito project, which was authorized this week. Sanctioned in July 2015, Appomattox is 80 mi (129 km) offshore Louisiana, in approximately 7,200 ft (2,195 m) of water. The Vito project will come in about 70 percent cheaper than the original project design, the company said. Shell switched to using four standard well designs worldwide versus dozens previously. Willing to benefit from the successful experience in Olympus, Shell and Nexen, develop Appomattox with similar process and selected Houston Offshore Engineering to design the topsides.. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Shell construction engineer Shwanna Ried walks the bridge off of Appomattox, during a tour on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The “BIG” series follows Hammond as he goes behind the scenes to explore some of the world’s largest and most impressive structures to gain insight into the science of ‘big.’ Crude settled at $68.19 a barrel in New York Thursday. Well drilling. Seven years and millions of man-hours later, this amazing oil platform is started up for the first time. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Views of the platform are seen in the monitoring room on the deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. It is 488 metres (1,601 ft) long, 74 metres (243 ft) wide, and made with more than 260,000 tonnes of steel. The platform and 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. Richard takes a helicopter ride out to one of the most remote places on earth: the Appomattox production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. They will live on the platform in rotations, typically on two-week shifts. Most energy companies, however, are refusing to build new platforms, instead opting to drill wells near existing platforms and connect them via underwater networks of pipelines and umbilicals. The Vito decision is considered a sign that the long-languishing offshore sector is showing signs of life as oil prices close in on $70 a barrel. Jordan Blum is a senior energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle since 2015. The remaining 21 percent is held by a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC. The Appomattox platform is expected to produce 1750,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. %���� The Appomattox is Shell’s largest platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. He has written about everything from Texas’ national lead in renewable wind power to the Houston area’s growing dominance in petrochemical and plastics manufacturing. Appomattox platform shows Shell isn’t giving up on deepwater drilling, The view of Appomattox, Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, from a dusty van window as a tour makes its way to the platform before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The Anglo-Dutch oil major declined to disclose the project costs, but said it sliced billions of dollars from the original price. Many oil platforms will also contain facilities to accommodate their workforce. Water pump repairs. Previously, Jordan was an award-winning reporter at The Advocate in Baton Rouge and New Orleans as a statehouse reporter and education writer, and then as the newspaper’s Washington Bureau chief. The Appomattox hull has arrived at Ingleside, Texas, where host construction is underway with topsides integration with the hull. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A Kiewit employee checks out the corner of the helipad on Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The helipcopter is the most common way to switch crews once the platform is in place in the Gulf of Mexico. In these conditions, the Appomattox semi-submersible platform should have a treatment capacity of 100,000 barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil.. With subsea fabrication, offshore installation, and the pre-drill campaign also ongoing, the project is on track for first oil by the end of the decade. In 1979, Shell began producing from the first deep-water field at depths of more than 1,000 feet. The platform will house a crew of 180 workers at a time. An additional 30 percent was cut afterwards. Shell owns about 79 percent of the Appomattox project. 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. The field was further appraised in F… The Appomattox project will consist of a semi-submersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill centers, 15 producing wells, and five water injection wells. Shell's Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The was laster reduced to less than $50. A tieback from the Vicksburg field to the Appomattox platform is already planned, and a tieback from the Gettysburg field … It is is a four-column semi-submersible production platform, moored using 16 mooring lines arranged in 4×4 clusters, in 2,255m (7,400ft) of water approximately 130 kilometers offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The Appomattox was originally designed to profit as long as the international benchmark for oil prices stays above $55 a barrel. A-Appomattox is considered a minor platform that stands in 7400 feet of water and may provide habitat for many different offshore species of fish. Appomattox consists of a semi-submersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill centers, 15 producing wells, and five water injection wells. Offshore Energy Today Staff Jordan is a New Orleans native who graduated from Texas Christian University with a journalism degree before going back to work at daily newspapers in Louisiana. <> The massive Appomattox oil platform will set sail in May from a dock in Ingleside en route to the eastern Gulf of Mexico as Royal Dutch Shell aims to trigger a new beginning for the deep-water Gulf of Mexico following the recent oil bust. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A tour group passes by the workout room on the Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The Appomattox development host will consist of a semi-submersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill … As for the Appomattox, the hull was built in South Korea and shipped to Texas during a multiweek journey that ended in early October — not long after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the ares. It was followed by drilling an appraisal sidetrack well that same year to a depth of 7,910m (25,950ft), which encountered approximately 116m (380ft) of oil pay. x��[[s� ~�L��v��7Q��x&�K��n�������r�Vq������ ����{�LV�����n�u�l����Wm�/7Ŋ�]�>����}�����6o˧����}�M-�UQ/���v}{~v��3ΣX����g1�Ǚ�∧̨$)�}�~7� {h�ϠC�d�O�8��Kz��_7�gw�/۹�5m^UH��B̶s9c�l���B��93hֳuY�լh��ۿ��}ʐ��m���1=w0������?��ا��e�-�Om����秧��L��L��%c���ܼ�8���8�4*�#�8�DƘ4cKd�������'f��8�RA��R�d*#��H�̤�1. In 1962, Shell unveiled the first semi-submersible floating drilling platform called the the Blue Water 1, which Shell describes as the beginning of deep-water drilling. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A two-bunk sleeping quarters on the Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A view of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Workers Preview Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A welder work on part of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. Water well installations. Shell was a pioneer in developing the deep-water blocks of the Gulf of Mexico. “It started here and it continues to evolve here.”. %PDF-1.5 Shell’s Appomattox, located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, US, has become the first high temperature (HT) project to gain Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approval and begin production. HOUSTON– Shell has reported that the Appomattox semisubmersible production platform has departed Ingleside, Texas, and is on its way to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico.. endobj 434-352-7872 - FREE estimates on well drilling services. The Prelude was built by the Technip / Samsung Consortium (TSC) in South Korea for a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell, KOGAS, and Inpex. With the arrival of the hull in Texas, the project is more than 65% complete, and Appomattox is on track to achieve first oil by the end of the decade. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Kelly Bowen, senior staff civil engineer for Shell, points to the water below the platform during a tour of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. That’s much cheaper, but it also means less oil and gas volumes. The only other Gulf platform project approved since the bust — BP’s Mad Dog Phase 2 project — was authorized only after BP slashed its costs by more than hald, from $20 billion down to $9 billion. 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. Anglers often catch Yellowfin Tuna, and many different species of Sharks. 3 0 obj He has extensively covered the industry from the 2014 bust in oil prices to the more recent boom in West Texas’ Permian Basin. The company has sizable holdings in the Permian Basin in West Texas but, since acquiring the United Kingdom-based BG Group in 2016 for more than $50 billion, Shell has rededicated itself to the offshore sector. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), A series of switches and controls on Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The topside portions were built in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama and pieced together in Ingleside. Prelude FLNG is the world's largest floating liquefied natural gas platform as well as the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Shell drilled with barges in the South Louisiana marshes in the 1930s. Spanning the width of two football fields and weighing 125,000 metric tons — more than the largest aircraft carriers — the Appomattox is Shell’s largest oil platform ever launched in the Gulf. This semi-submersible platform is located about 129 kilometres from Louisiana, where the water depth is an astounding 2,195 metres. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Employees work on the dock in the shaddow of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The U.S. shale industry, especially West Texas’ Permian Basin, is booming with its faster and cheaper projects, siphoning investment from the Gulf of Mexico. endobj Meals are served on the platform every six hours. The Appomattox platform, which currently has an expected production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), is the first commercial discovery now brought into production in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation. <> Three years later, Shell says it can engineer some deep-water projects to succeed with oil prices even as low as $30 a barrel. The construction employed thousands of people. The Appomatox field was discovered in March 2010 by drilling the discovery well at Mississippi Canyon block 392. They’re what we call resilient projects,” Sawan said. 1 0 obj “And it comes at a time when the (global) market needs more oil.”. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), An employee prepares to paint an item in the power module area on Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The Appomattox platform and the associated pipeline, the Mattox, are joint ventures between Shell and CNOOC, China's state-owned offshore oil company. Umar Ali 24 May 2019 (Last Updated May 24th, 2019 11:47) Royal Dutch Shell has, through its subsidiary Shell Offshore, started production at the Appomattox floating production system in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell said it cut 20 percent off the price tag before approving the Appomattox in 2015. The Appomattox is named after the Virginia court house where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered in 1865, essentially ending the Civil War. The Appomattox field is primarily situated in Mississippi Canyon block 392 and straddles blocks 391 and 348, whereas the Vicksburg discovery is situated in Mississippi Canyon block 393. Shell and other companies have moved to simplify platform designs that can be replicated and use standardized components, rather that starting from scratch each time with customized parts and equipment. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Chronicle / Houston Chronicle, An American flag on top of a small vehicle flies in front of Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Executive VP for Deepwater, Shell, Wael Sawan, walks down stairs on the company's latest platform, the Appomattox, during a tour on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. But the most important number for Shell is this one: The Appomattox has the potential to produce 175,000 barrels of oil a day. Sep 2, 2019 - Explore Craig Lang's board "Shell Appomattox" on Pinterest. The platform will operate in ocean depths of 7,400 feet, where it’s expected to produce up to 175,000 barrels a day of oil equivalent. The platform and Appomattox and Vicksburg fields will be owned by Shell with 79% interest; wholly owned CNOOC Ltd. subsidiary Nexen Petroleum Offshore USA Inc. holds the remaining interest. 4 0 obj The Appomattox field is expected to have an average peak annual production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. “I describe it as a giant Lego system,” said Shell construction engineer Kelly Bowen. BSEE inspects Shell's new Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Todd Coulon adjusts the life preservers after pulling one out during a preview Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Employees work on one of the lifeboats that is attatched to Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The multibillion-dollar Appomattox was authorized by Shell in 2015, representing the first major deep-water project approved after oil prices crashed in late 2014. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), The links connected to Shell's new Gulf deepwater platform, weigh about 850 pounds each, photographe don on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. The well was drilled to a depth of 7,643m (25,077ft) and encountered approximately 162m (530ft) of oil pay. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Todd Coulon of Shell gives a tour of the monitoring room on Gulf deepwater platform, Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside. A-Appomattox (2623) is a gas/oil platform built by Shell Offshore Inc. and installed on 06/07/2018. Sawan said he sees the project as milestone for an industry that needed to adjust its approach and make deepwater projects affordable in the lower oil price environment. It was heralded as the energy project that defied the odds after being constructed under budget, and ahead of schedule during one of the most severe industry downturns in recent history. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Todd Coulon of Shell gives a tour on the Appomattox, in the monitor room on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. The Appomattox offshore oil production platform is Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ), Notes stuck onto a cooler as it gets stocked in the galley of the Appomattox, before it's set out to sea on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ingleside, Texas. Blue Marlin are also frequent found around this offshore platform. An oil platform, offshore platform, or offshore drilling rig is a large structure with facilities for well drilling to explore, extract, store, and process petroleum and natural gas that lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. <>>> In addition to the Gulf of Mexio, Sawan said, Shell is expanding in North Sea and waters off the coast of Brazil, Malaysia and other countries. “These projects are bets on the future. 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