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Shell’s Mars B development is the first brown field project of its kind in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico that extends the production life of the prolific Mars field to at least the year 2050 and simultaneously connects to new deep water discoveries for additional production, with capability to add nearby future discoveries.
Installation and construction for the Mars B Development is under way with first oil production expected in 2014.
The Olympus platform, Shell’s sixth and largest tension leg platform (TLP) featuring 24 well slots and a self-contained drilling rig, will help enhance recovery from the prolific Mars field and link to the recent West Boreas and South Deimos discoveries via six-well subsea tie-backs.
The project also includes subsea infrastructure and pipelines that will route production through the recently installed West Delta 143C shallow water platform.
The Mars field was discovered by Shell in 1989 and has contributed significantly to US energy supply. A combination of factors produced the growth enabled by Mars B, including improved understanding of the reservoir and recovery potential by using advanced seismic and modeling technologies, as well as new discoveries in the Mars field.
During development and operations, Mars B will generate opportunities for the Gulf of Mexico region through the creation of jobs, revenue and better infrastructure.
The project is also directly investing $5 million dollars in community and environmental initiatives, partnering with groups that include The Nature Conservancy, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and LA-1 Coalition.
||Gulf of Mexico; 130 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the Mississippi Canyon area
|Depth:||Water depth ~3,000 feet|
|Interests:||Shell (71.5% & operator) and BP (28.5%)|
|Fields:||Mars, West Boreas, South Deimos|
||Combined development has potential to deliver production rates in the order of ~100k boe/d.