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June 24, 2021

BP and Shell begin production at Manuel deepwater project in Gulf of Mexico

The Manuel project involves two wells, which are tied-back to the Na Kika production facility via a single riser and flowline.

By Archana Rani

BP has started production from the Manuel project located in Mississippi Canyon block 520 in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The Manuel project, which involved the development of two wells, is the company’s fourth project delivered globally this year.

These wells, which are drilled to a depth of approximately 21,000ft, are tied back to the Na Kika production facility via a single riser and flowline.

BP Gulf of Mexico and Canada senior vice-president Starlee Sykes said: “Manuel is exactly the type of high-value project that is critical to growing our business here in the Gulf of Mexico. bp’s focused and resilient hydrocarbons business is a key pillar of our strategy.”

BP estimates the two wells to boost gross production from the Na Kika platform by 20,100 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d).

BP and Shell equally own a working interest in the Manuel development.

BP projects, production and operations senior vice-president Ewan Drummond said: “Our disciplined investment in Manuel is part of our target to add 900,000boe/d of production from new projects by the end of 2021.

“The safe production of resilient hydrocarbons in the basins we know best is core to advancing our strategy to transform into an integrated energy company.”

In 2018, BP awarded a contract to Subsea 7 for developing the Manuel project.

The contract involved subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines, including the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of an electrically heat traced flowline and a steel catenary riser.

In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, BP currently operates four production platforms, including Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Na Kika. It plans to commission the fifth platform, Argos, in 2022.

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