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Shell in the Gulf of Mexico
Shell is a leading deepwater producer and developer in the Gulf of Mexico. We have been operating in the Gulf of Mexico for six decades and provide approximately 50 percent of Shell’s US oil and gas production. The Gulf of Mexico is an important part of America’s energy picture, and Shell continues to view this area rich in natural resources as a significant region for growth by strengthening its position in the region with investments in people, technology and project capabilities.
Protecting people and the environment is at the forefront of everything we do.
That’s why throughout Shell, we strive for “Goal Zero.”
We want to create a workplace with zero fatalities, zero accidents and zero significant incidents. Each year Shell’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico produce about 150 million barrels of oil.
We employ approximately 1,600 full-time employees and contract staff for Gulf of Mexico deepwater activities.
- Shell has been an offshore pioneer in the Gulf of Mexico for over six decades and in the last 30 years has achieved exceptional technological milestones in the design, construction and operation of world-class producing assets. Shell operates six major floating offshore facilities – five deepwater tension leg platforms and one ultra-deepwater spar platform – 12 fixed platforms, and numerous subsea systems in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Shell facilities in its East Gulf of Mexico portfolio include three tension leg platforms, Mars, Ursa and Ram-Powell, as well as fixed platforms Cognac and West Delta 143. Subsea systems include Europa, King, Deimos, Crosby, Princess, and Mensa.
- Shell facilities in its West Gulf of Mexico portfolio include our newest ultra-deepwater platform, the Perdido spar, two tension leg platforms, Auger and Brutus, as well as fixed platforms Enchilada, Cougar and Boxer. Subsea systems include Macaroni, Oregano, Llano, Habanero, Troika, Popeye, and Glider.
- Shell also is involved in non-operated joint venture deepwater projects, such as NaKika, Conger, Caesar Tonga, and Hickory. In instances where Shell is not the operator, it does not manage storm or hurricane procedures for these assets. Shell only has authority for Shell-operated facilities.
- Construction is underway on Olympus, Shell’s largest tension leg platform that will host the Mars B development. The final investment decision was recently announced for the Stones Development, which will use a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) system to host the deepest oil production facility in the world at 9,500 feet of water. Auger, our first tension leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico, will bring more oil resources with a tie-back to our new Cardamom subsea development. Shell is also in the concept selection phase for the Appomattox and Vito discoveries.
The Gulf of Mexico is the major production area, accounting for some 60% of Shell’s oil and gas production in the USA.