Australian engineering company Worley has been awarded a contract by oil major BP for hook-up and commissioning integration services for the Mad Dog 2 project and the Argos platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Worley said on Thursday that it would prepare for the arrival of the Argos FPU in the Gulf of Mexico and complete final systems commissioning in Texas, offshore hook-up at the Mad Dog field, and handover of the platform to BP’s Global Operations Organization.
The Mad Dog 2 project includes the Argos platform, which was named in late November 2018, with the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day. It is planned to be commissioned in 2021.
The project will also have a subsea production system with 14 production wells and eight water injection wells.
Andrew Wood, CEO of Worley, said: “Worley is looking forward to supporting BP’s North American strategy through the integration of this new asset into BP’s production fleet in the Gulf of Mexico.”
The Argos platform will be the first new BP-operated production facility in the Gulf of Mexico since 2008 when Thunder Horse came online. It will be BP’s fifth operated platform in the Gulf, and it will help extend the life of the super-giant Mad Dog oil field beyond 2050.
The final investment decision for the $9 billion project was approved by BP (60.5 percent) in late 2016 and in early 2017 by co-owners BHP (23.9 percent) and Union Oil Company of California, an affiliate of Chevron (15.6 percent).
The hull and topsides of the Argos platform are currently under construction in South Korea, with oil production from the facility expected to begin in late 2021.
Mad Dog field
BP discovered the Mad Dog field in 1998 and began production there with its first platform in 2005. Continued appraisal drilling in the field during 2009 and 2011 doubled the resource estimate of the Mad Dog field to more than 4 billion barrels of oil equivalent, spurring the need for another platform at the field.
The second Mad Dog platform will be moored approximately six miles to the southwest of the existing Mad Dog platform, which is located in 4,500 feet of water about 190 miles south of New Orleans. The current Mad Dog platform can produce up to 80,000 gross barrels of oil and 60 million gross cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Offshore Energy Today Staff
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