The Turritella floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) set sail from Singapore this month, on it’s way to Shell’s Stones project 200 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico. Phase one of Stones includes eight subsea production wells tied back to the FPSO.
Multiphase seafloor pumping is planned for a later phase to pump oil and gas from the seabed to the vessel, increasing recoverable volumes and production rates. At peak production, Shell expects Stones to reach 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in its first phase, from more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (mboe) of recoverable resources. The field is estimated to contain more than 2 billion boe of oil in place.
Shell owns and operates 100% of Stones.