BP said Thursday it has started up a major water injection project at its Thunder Horse platform that will boost recovery at the Gulf of Mexico field.
The project will boost recovery of oil and natural gas from one of Thunder Horse field’s three main reservoirs and extend the production life of the deepwater field.
Over the past three years, BP has refurbished the platform’s existing topsides and subsea equipment while also drilling two water-injection wells at the site.
From those wells, water will be injected into the reservoir to increase pressure and enhance production.
The improvements are expected to allow the Thunder Horse facility to recover an additional 65 million barrels of oil equivalent.
The project is the second of five major upstream projects BP expects to bring online in 2016.
The project is also part of BP’s plan to add about 800,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of new production globally from projects starting up between 2015 and 2020.
“This project will help BP sustain high levels of oil production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico for years to come,” regional president of BP’s Gulf of Mexico business Richard Morrison said.
The Thunder Horse platform is located in more than 6,000 feet of water about 150 miles southeast of New Orleans, in the Mississippi Canyon.
The platform has a capacity to handle 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.
The facility continued to operate while work on the water injection project was underway.
BP currently operates four large production platforms in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico: Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Na Kika.
The company also holds interests in four non-operated hubs: Mars, Mars B, Ursa and Great White.
BP has two other major projects underway in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The Thunder Horse South Expansion project will add a new subsea drill center roughly two miles from the Thunder Horse platform.
BP is also working on the design for the Mad Dog Phase 2 project.
That project will develop resources in the central area of the Mad Dog field through a subsea development tied back to a new floating production hub consisting of up to 24 wells from four drill centers.
Thunder Horse is operated by BP with a 75 percent working interest.
ExxonMobil is the co-owner with a 25 percent working interest.