Operator Anadarko Petroleum and co-owners Shell and Chevron have announced the beginning of first production from the Caesar Tonga deep-water project in the Gulf of Mexico.
The project will boost existing operations by Norwegian energy giant, Statoil Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC, which has a 23.55% working interest in the project. The first three wells are expected to ramp up to approximately 45,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day, said Statoil.
A fourth development well is expected to be drilled and completed later this year as part of the planned phase one development. Caesar Tonga has an estimated resource base of 200m to 400m BOE.
Caesar Tonga, in which Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC has a 23.55% working interest, began flowing high-quality oil on 7 March.
Statoil’s Jason Nye, senior vice president, U.S. Offshore, Development and Production North America said the project is a “great example of using existing infrastructure in the deep-water Gulf to achieve cost savings”.
Caesar Tonga is developed as a subsea tieback to Anadarko Petroleum’s Constitution spar floating production facility in about 5,000 feet of water in Green Canyon Block 680 as a host.
In 2009, Anadarko began making modifications to the Constitution’s topsides to accommodate production from Caesar Tonga, about 10 miles to the east.