1. Chevron Jack/St.Malo, U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Peak production of 170,000 barrels per day.
Oil and gas production kicked off on December 3 at the Chevron operated Jack/St. Malo deepwater project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Production from the first stage is expected to reach 94,000 barrels of crude oil and 21 million cubic feet of natural gas within the next few years.
The Jack/St.Malo facility is the largest of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico and has a production capacity of 170,000 barrels of oil and 42 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, with the potential for future expansion.
Chevron operates the Jack/St.Malo facility and holds a 50 percent interest in the Jack field and a 51 percent interest in the St. Malo field.
2. Total, Block 17 CLOV, offshore Angola. Peak production of 160,000 barrels per day.
Total’s offshore Block 17 CLOV started up on June 12 and is set to develop proven and probable reserves of over 500 million barrels.
Developing four fields (Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta), the project comprises 34 wells and 8 manifolds connected by 111 miles of subsea pipelines to an FPSO unit at water depths of 3,280 feet to 4,593 feet.
CLOV will help spike Block 17 production to 700,000 barrels per day once peak production is achieved.
France’s Total operates the block with a 40 percent interest.
3. Petrobras, Santos Basin, Brazil, Iracema Sul (formerly Cernambi Sul). Peak production of 150,000 barrels per day.
Production started at Petrobras’ Iracema Sul area on October 14, marking another success for the state owned player in Brazil’s pre-salt Santos Basin.
The Cidade de Mangaratiba FPSO, located in the Lula field on block BM-S-11, is set up at a depth of 7,217 feet about 49 miles off Brazil’s coast.
The FPSO has a peak capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil and 282.48 million cubic feet of gas per day, in addition to storing 1.6 million barrels of oil.
FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba will be connected to eight production wells and eight injection wells over the coming months.
Production is expected to peak in the first half of 2016.
4. Eni, West Hub, offshore Angola. Peak production of 100,000 barrels per day.
Eni celebrated first oil from its deepwater Web Hub Development Project in offshore Angola block 15/06 earlier this month.
Production kicked off on December 8 and the field is currently producing 45,000 barrels of oil per day through the N’Goma FPSO.
Output at West Hub is expected to ramp up to 100,000 bpd in the coming months.
The projected start up of the East Hub Development in 2017 will double production at the block to 200,000 barrels per day.
The West Hub Development includes the Sangos, Cinguvu, Mpungi, Mpungi North Area, Vandumbu e Ochigufu fields.
Italy’s Eni holds a 35 percent operating stake in block 15/06.
5. Hess, Tubular Bells, U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Peak production of 50,000 barrels per day.
The Hess operated Tubular Bells deepwater project saw its first crude oil and natural gas flow on November 19, just two years after construction began.
The $3 billion project is located 135 miles southeast of New Orleans, in 4,300 feet of water in the Mississippi Canyon area.
Tubular Bells, a joint venture between Hess and Chevron, is expected to deliver total production of about 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from three wells.
Hess holds a 57.14 percent interest in the Tubular Bells Field and is the operator.