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Royal Dutch Shell started production Monday at the Cardamom facility, a new subsea development at Shell’s Auger platform in the U.S Gulf of Mexico.

Shell is the operator and full owner of Cardamom.

The facility has a production capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.

Oil from Cardamom will travel through Shell’s Auger platform.

Auger’s total production capacity will increase to 130,000 boe/d.

Modifications to the Auger platform include additional subsea receiving equipment, upgrades to an existing process train and weight mitigation that increases the liquid handling, cooling and production capacity of the facility.

The completed Cardamom subsea system includes five well expandable manifolds, a dual eight inch flowline and eight well umbilicals.

Cardamom is Auger’s seventh subsea development.

The Cardamom reservoir is more than four miles below the sea floor in water depths exceeding 2,700 feet.

The field initially went undetected by conventional seismic surveys and was discovered in 2010.

The Cardamom field is located in Garden Banks Block 427, 225 miles south west of New Orleans.

Cardamom is the second major deepwater facility Shell has brought online in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

“Cardamom is a high-value addition to Shell’s production at the Auger platform and is another example of our excellence in deep-water project delivery,” Shell upstream Americas director Marvin Odum said.