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Chevron confirms first oil production from Tubular Bells

Oilfield Technology,

Chevron Corporation announced that the Hess-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, in the US Gulf of Mexico, has commenced crude oil and natural gas production.

The field is located 135 miles (217 km) southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 4300 ft (1310 m) of water in the Mississippi Canyon area. The discovery well was drilled in 2003, and project construction began in October 2011.

The Tubular Bells floating production facility is a classic spar hull with traditional three-level topsides.

Tubular Bells is expected to deliver total production of approximately 50,000 boepd producing from three wells.

"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," said George Kirkland, vice chairman and executive vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation.

"Tubular Bells and the Chevron-operated Jack/St. Malo project further strengthens Chevron's deepwater portfolio," said Jay Johnson, senior vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation. Jack/St. Malo, a large lower Tertiary development, is scheduled to be brought online later this year.

"This project's success is the result of our strong business relationship with Hess, reinforcing our commitment to achieve results with excellence, and enabling new opportunities in this strategic area," said Jeff Shellebarger, president, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company.

The Tubular Bells production facility is producing from the Miocene trend, where Chevron subsidiaries have had multiple producing assets. The floating production facility is a classic spar hull with traditional three-level topsides. The field has an estimated production life of 25 years.

Chevron subsidiary Chevron USA Inc. has a 42.86% working interest in the Tubular Bells development and Hess is the operator with a 57.14% working interest in the field.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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