Appomattox: Journey to First Oil

Take an in-depth look behind the scenes as the Appomattox team makes final preparations and then safely and successfully delivers First Oil for Shell’s newest asset in the Gulf of Mexico.

Opening a new frontier in the Gulf of Mexico

Appomattox Videos

Appomattox Hull Sail Away

Watch Shell’s Appomattox hull is making its way to Ingleside, Texas where the final phase of host construction took place.

Appomattox hull arrives in Texas

Watch the video of the Appomattox hull arriving at Ingleside, Texas, where host construction took place with topsides integration with the hull.

Appomattox makes its journey home

Watch! Take a look back at its final journey to its home in the Gulf of Mexico.

Appomattox: Connecting Seabed to Surface

Watch as the Appomattox team safely and successfully delivers the mission critical task of connecting seabed to surface.

Appomattox begins production

Production begins at the ‘amazing’ Appomattox, safely and ahead of schedule. 

Appomattox Deep-Water Project Construction is ongoing for Appomattox, a deep-water oil and gas development that will become Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The development, located in the Gulf of Mexico and including the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, is the first commercial discovery for the industry in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation.

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.

  • July 1, 2015 - Shell takes final investment decision for the Appomattox deep-water development in Gulf of Mexico


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Location: Gulf of Mexico; 80 miles (129 kilometers) from the nearest shoreline in Louisiana in the Mississippi Canyon and Desoto Canyon areas
Depth: Water depth ~7,400 feet (2,195 meters)
Interests: Shell 79% owner and operator, Nexen Petroleum Offshore USA Inc. 21%
Fields: Appomattox and Vicksburg
Production: Peak annual production of 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).

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