Shell to Shut in Auger Platform to Complete Tie-in at Cardamom Field

     Shell to Shut in Auger Platform to Complete Tie-in at Cardamom Field

With the latest seismic and drilling technologies, the Cardamom development is
expected to deliver new production from the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico
to existing infrastructure

PR Newswire

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, July 17, 2013

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Nearly two decades after setting a world water-depth record for drilling and
production, Shell's (NYSE: RDS.A)(NYSE: RDS.B) Auger tension-leg platform is
still playing a central and innovative role in the company's deep water Gulf
of Mexico portfolio - currently producing some 55,000 barrels oil equivalent
(boe) per day (Shell share ~30,000 boe per day), and acting in the future as
the host platform for the Cardamom subsea development. The Cardamom discovery
well also set records three years ago, for subsurface length and depth.

More than a half mile down, Shell is connecting Cardamom wells back to Auger
-- work that will involve retrofitting the platform and a production shut-in
at Auger, which should restart in the fourth quarter of 2013. Once online in
2014, Cardamom (100% Shell share) is expected to produce at a peak rate of
50,000 boe per day.

"The Gulf of Mexico remains an important part of Shell's portfolio and
strategy, and it is expected to generate substantial growth over the next
several years," said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President for Deep Water,
Shell Upstream Americas. "Cardamom is a great example of using existing
infrastructure to increase oil and gas production in a less capital intensive

In its lifetime, the Auger platform has produced more than 300 million boe.

Editors Notes:

  oThe Cardamom discovery is located in Garden Banks Block 427, approximately
    362 kilometers (225 miles) south-west of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water
    more than 800 meters (2,720 feet) deep.
  oThe completed subsea system will include five well expandable manifolds, a
    dual 20-centimetre (8-inch) flowline, and eight well umbilicals.
  oModifications to the Auger platform will include additional subsea
    receiving equipment, upgrade of an existing process train, and weight
    mitigation which are expected to increase the liquid handling, cooling and
    production capacities of the host facility. 
  oShell used advanced seismic imaging and extended reach drilling to
    discover Cardamom, and since the discovery, further advancements in
    seismic have allowed Shell to see beyond a subsurface salt layer to
    estimate Cardamom's full resource potential. 
  oShell drilled the Cardamom discovery well from the Auger TLP; the well
    features a measured depth of 9,642 meters (31,634 feet), a horizontal
    reach of more than 4,570 meters (15,000 feet), and a vertical depth
    greater than 7,620 meters (25,000 feet).
  oThe Cardamom exploration well has produced directly from the Auger
    platform since December, 2010.

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