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Production starts at Tubular Bells field in US Gulf of Mexico

Energy firm Hess and Chevron USA have commenced production at the Tubular Bells field, located in the Mississippi Canyon area of the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico.

 

Hess operates the Tubular field with a 57.14% working interest, while Chevron's subsidiary Chevron USA has a 42.86% stake.

 

Located 135 miles south-east of New Orleans, the field is estimated to produce about 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) from three producing wells by the end of this year.

 

The field, which has an estimated production life of 25 years, was discovered in 2003, with project construction starting in October 2011.

 

Hess CEO John Hess said: "We are proud to deliver Tubular Bells safely and on budget. One year after Hess took over as operator, the project was sanctioned and fast tracked with an execution schedule to first oil in just three years."

 

"Achieving first oil at Tubular Bells is an important step towards Chevron achieving its production goal of 3.1 million barrels per day by 2017."

 

Chevron vice-chairman and executive vice-president of upstream George Kirkland said: "The deepwater Gulf of Mexico plays a significant part in our earnings and production growth.

 

"Achieving first oil at Tubular Bells is an important step towards Chevron achieving its production goal of 3.1 million barrels per day by 2017."

 

The discovery well, located in a water depth of about 1,310m, was drilled to a total depth of approximately 9,488m by Transocean's Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig. The exploratory well struck about 58m of net oil pay.

 

An appraisal well was drilled in 2006 and encountered hydrocarbons about 8km from the initial well.

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