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BP Adds 2 Drilling Rigs in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
Nation’s largest energy investor reaches company record nine rigs, highlighting
commitment to key U.S. offshore basin
HOUSTON - BP today announced it has added two drilling rigs to the deepwater
Gulf of Mexico, bringing its fleet to a company record nine rigs as it
continues to develop its strong portfolio of assets in the key U.S. offshore
One of the rigs is a new ultra-deepwater drillship known as the West Auriga
that is under long-term contract to BP from Seadrill Ltd, a leading
international offshore drilling contractor. The vessel, capable of operating in
up to 12,000 feet of water, has begun development drilling work at BP’s Thunder
The other is a reconstructed drilling rig on BP’s Mad Dog oil and gas
production platform. It replaces the original rig on the platform that was
badly damaged and left inoperable by Hurricane Ike in 2008. With the new,
state-of-the art rig, the platform recently resumed development drilling at the
massive Mad Dog field complex.
“The addition of these two rigs reflects the vital importance of the deepwater
Gulf of Mexico to the future of BP,” said Richard Morrison, Regional President
of BP’s Gulf of Mexico business. “It also clearly demonstrates BP’s commitment
to the American economy and to U.S. energy security.”
BP currently anticipates investing on average at least $4 billion in the Gulf
of Mexico each year for the next decade. The company plans to concentrate
future activity and investment in the Gulf on growth opportunities around its
four major operated production hubs – Thunder Horse, Na Kika, Atlantis and Mad
Dog -- and three non-operated production hubs -- Mars, Ursa and Great White --
in the deepwater, as well as on significant exploration and appraisal
opportunities in the Paleogene and elsewhere.
BP is also advancing a strong pipeline of future development projects in the
deepwater Gulf. In April, the company started up the Atlantis North expansion,
the first of seven additional wells to be tied back to the existing Atlantis
platform. At Na Kika, another field expansion is planned, following the
successful startup last year of the Galapagos development, a subsea tieback to
the Na Kika production facility. BP is also pursuing plans for a second phase
of the Mad Dog field.
Over the past five years, BP has invested more than $55 billion in the U.S. –
more than any other energy company. BP is the nation’s second-largest producer
of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire
country for a year. Directly employing more than 20,000 people in all 50
states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs in total through all of its business
activities. For more information, view our BP in the US animated video:
Notes to editors:
* BP is the largest investor in the Gulf of Mexico over the last ten years.
* BP was the largest oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico in
2012, when output accounted for 214,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day
* BP is the leading acreage holder in the deepwater Gulf, with ownership in
more than 650 leases, which provide substantial opportunity for growth.
* BP directly employs more than 2,300 people in the Gulf of Mexico business and
supports tens of thousands of additional jobs in the region.
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