"These fields will add to our increasing natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico," said Duane Radtke, president and CEO of Dominion E&P.
Rigel and Seventeen Hands are operated by Dominion and employ subsea tiebacks to pre- existing infrastructure owned by Chevron.
"We are very appreciative of Chevron's work in repairing hurricane damage to the host platform, Viosca Knoll 900," said Kevin Guilbeau, senior vice president and general manager of Dominion E&P's offshore business unit. "Now that superstructure is restored and the tiebacks are complete, we are able to commence production from these highly porous and permeable reservoirs."
The combined design rate for the two fields is 160 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd). Dominion operates both fields and owns 53 percent of Rigel and 38 percent of Seventeen Hands. Dominion's partners in Rigel are Mariner Energy and Newfield Exploration. Seventeen Hands partners are Murphy Oil and Hydro Gulf of Mexico.
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