Singapore based maritime builder ‘Sembcorp Marine’ secures a contract from Global Energy Giant ‘Shell’ for Construction and Integration of FPU for Whale Field in the Gulf of Mexico.
On 31st of January, 2018 Shell announces one of its largest U.S. Gulf of Mexico exploration finds in the past decade from the Whale deep-water well.
Drilling operations for the Whale well were completed in June 2017 to a depth of approximately 22,948-feet (measured depth).
The Whale discovery is located approximately 200-miles (322 kilometers) southwest of Houston in approximately 8,000-feet of water.
The agreement precedes a final investment decision for the full Whale project, expected to be made next year by Shell.
Sembcorp said that it paves the way for the Whale FPU to move ahead and take advantage of synergies from the ongoing Shell Vito FPU, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard Yard.
Vito will be Shell’s 11th deep-water host in the Gulf of Mexico. The Vito development is owned by Shell Offshore Inc. (63.11% operator) and Statoil USA E&P Inc. (36.89%); the field is located beneath more than 4,000 feet of water, approximately 150-miles southeast of New Orleans.