The Phase 2 project is expected to increase output at one of the largest fields in the Gulf of Mexico, with peak annual average gross production of 25 000 boe/d from the initial two well tieback. Eventually a total of eight wells are expected to be drilled as part of the project’s overall development. The Phase 2 start-up is part of BP’s plans to grow its Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production to around 400 000 boe/d net by the mid-2020s.
Thunder Horse is BP’s largest production and drilling platform in the Gulf, located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans. It is designed to process up to 250 000 barrels of oil and 200 million ft3/d of natural gas. BP has a 75% working interest with ExxonMobil holding 25%.
Ewan Drummond, BP senior vice president, projects, production and operations said: “This is another significant milestone for bp, completing the delivery of our planned major projects for 2021. I am extremely proud of the entire team and their commitment to the safe start-up of Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2. This project is a great example of the type of fast-payback, high-return tie-back opportunities we continue to deliver as we focus and high-grade our portfolio.”
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