Shell announced that drilling began on the Perdido Regional Development spar in Alaminos Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico.
To prepare for the project, Noble Clyde Boudreaux recently underwent renovations to allow the ultra-deepwater rig to withstand hurricane forces equivalent to Katrina. With two derricks, the rig will also be able to operate twice as quickly as single-derrick rigs.
With the capacity to house 200 people, the Clyde Boudreaux is slated to stay at Perdido until 2010. Plans for the semisub are to drill a 20-well batch set.
Shell will finish drilling the wells, complete the project and start production by the turn of the decade.
Set to serve as the world's deepest spar production facility, the Perdido will be moored in approximately 8,000 feet of water. Additionally, the direct vertical access spar's production capacity is set to top out at 130,000 boe/d.
The Perdido spar is already scheduled to develop three fields: the Great White, Silvertip and Tobago. Shell serves as the operator with 35% interest, while Chevron and BP are co-owners with 37.5% and 27.5%, respectively.
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