Freeport, Texas – The Perdido Regional Development Spar, operated by Shell, has arrived in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is currently being secured to the seafloor in about 2,438 metres of water. Perdido will be the world’s deepest oil development, deepest drilling and production platform, and have the world’s deepest subsea well.
Once completed, the Perdido Spar will be nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower and weigh as much as 10,000 cars. It will be a fully functional oil and gas platform and is designed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day and 200 million standard cubic feet of gas. The production will be transported via new and existing pipelines to U.S. refineries.
The Spar will bring in production from the Great White, Silvertip and Tobago fields, which are located in ten Outer Continental Shelf blocks in Alaminos Canyon, approximately 320 km south of Freeport, Texas. All three fields’ accumulations are completely in U.S. waters, about 13 km north of Mexico’s international borders. The operation’s first production is expected around the turn of the decade.