BP Kicks Off Production at Dorado, King South Projects in GOM

BP has begun production from the Dorado and King South projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Both projects are subsea tiebacks to the existing BP Marlin Tension Leg Platform (TLP) infrastructure.

Dorado comprises three new subsea wells located about two miles from the Marlin TLP and are operated by BP with a 75 percent working Interest. Shell has a 25 percent working interest. King South comprises a single subsea well located about 18 miles from the Marlin TLP and is 100 percent owned and operated by BP.

Both projects leverage existing subsea and topsides infrastructure and the latest subsea and drilling technology to enable the efficient development of the Dorado and King South fields. Dorado utilizes dual completion technology enabling production from five Miocene zones and King South is produced through the existing King subsea pump.

"By bringing new resources on stream from areas close to the existing Marlin TLP, BP has re-established plateau oil production at Marlin, a decade after first production. This demonstrates the potential to apply the latest technology to leverage our existing infrastructure and maximize recovery," said Andy Inglis, BP's Chief Executive of Exploration & Production.