Shell Begins Production At Deepwater Popeye Field

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Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Offshore Inc., an affiliate of Shell Oil Company, has begun natural gas production from its Popeye field in 2,000 feet of water on Green Canyon Block 116 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 140 miles south of New Orleans. This is Shell's third deepwater field to come on production since January 1994, following Tahoe and Auger.

"We are very encouraged by the installation experiences and initial performance of the Popeye subsea system," said Rich Pattarozzi, general manager, Shell Offshore Inc.'s Deepwater Division. "Our subsea experiences both at Tahoe and Popeye have validated many of the technical advances required for installation of the subsea system at our Mensa project in 5,400 feet of water."

Startup of the Popeye subsea production system began January 11 with the testing of the first of two wells to establish stabilized flow through the 24-mile flowline to Shell's Cougar Platform at South Timbalier Block 300. Both wells now have been tested capable of flowing at or above their design rate of 60 million cubic feet per day. The current field rate is better than 90 million cubic feet per day. Production at the full system design rate of 120 million cubic feet per day is expected to occur shortly.

Phase one ultimate recovery from the two wells is estimated at 200 billion cubic feet of gas and seven million barrels of condensate. With full development, the field's estimated ultimate recovery could be as much as 320 billion cubic feet of gas and 10 million barrels of condensate. The decision to drill additional development wells will be made based on the evaluation of the performance of the phase one wells.

Shell Offshore Inc. is the operator of Popeye with a 37.5 percent interest. CNG Producing Company has a 37.5 percent interest and Mobil Exploration and Producing Company and BP Exploration Inc. each have 12.5 percent interest in the field.

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