Cantarell Oil Field

Summary Information

  • Operator: Pemex
  • Country: Mexico
  • Location: 80 kilometres (50 mi) offshore in the Bay of Campeche
  • Production start: 1979
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume: 2.21 mbpd at peak in 2003


  • One of the World's largest oil fields, it is comprised of four major fields: Akal, Nohoch, Chac and Kutz
  • Another great virtue of Cantarell has been its relatively low production cost per barrel
  • The FSO Ta'Kuntah is designed to receive a throughput of 800,000 bopd and to perform both tandem and side-by-side offloadings, the only facility in the world designed to conduct this operation simultaneously


  • FMC Technologies: 10 shallow water trees, including umbilicals and surface control systems
  • Dragados Off-Shore:
    • Turn-key contract to design, supply and install a gas compression platform
    • Engineering, acquisitions, construction, assembly and installation of a 1,100 ton platform with 1,330 ton living-quarters module and bridge connecting it to PEMEX's Akal-G production platform
    • Gas processing and compression platform
  • Modec: Supply and operation of FSO Ta'Kuntah
  • Sofec: FSO External Turret
  • Fluor: Procurement, construction, testing and load out of two wellhead recovery structures
  • Saipem: EPC - 78B (AKAL-L) - production platform, flare and bridge structures
  • Heerema Marine Contractors: Cantarell EPC-1 - 5 Jackets
  • Seaway Heavy Lifting: Inst. - 4 platforms for Cantarell AKAL-GC Project


  • 1972 -A fisherman, Rudesindo Cantarell, discovered an oil slick that flowed from the deep sea in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 1998 - Dragados Off-Shore awarded contract for gas compression platform
  • 2001 - Dragados Off-Shore awarded contracts for 3 platforms
  • 2003 - Cantarell production peaked by averaging 2.21 million barrels
  • 2004 - Ex-Im Bank approved a $287.3 million long-term loan guarantee to support development of Cantarell
  • 2004 - Installation works of the accommodation module IPC 39
  • 2005 - FSO Ta'Kuntah achieved the 500 millionth barrel
  • 2007 - FMC Technologies awarded contract to Supply Subsea Systems
  • 2008 - FSO Ta'Kuntah hits One Billion Barrels
  • 2009 - Fluor awarded contract for two lightweight offshore platforms


  • The reservoirs are formed from carbonate breccia of Upper Cretaceous age


  1. Cantarell, Pemex
  2. Saipem Fixed Offshore Production Facilities Project References
  3. Sofec FPSO References
  4. Seaway Heavy Lifting Oil And Gas References
  5. International Protective Coatings Fixed Platform References
  6. Dragados Offshore, Contract in Mexico
  7. Grupo Dragados to build an off-shore platform for the Mexican oil company PEMEX
  8. Grupo Dragados will build an offshore platform for Pemex for 34,600 million pesetas
  9. Installation of IPC 39 Project
  10. EX-IM Bank Supports $338 Million Export Of Oil Equipment, Services From 50 U.S. Companies To Mexico
  11. $1 Billion Ex-Im Bank Financing Will Support Mexican Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Projects
  12. FMC Technologies to Supply Subsea Systems for Pemex's Cantarell Project in the Gulf of Mexico
  13. First Gulf of Mexico FSO Exports 500 Millionth Barrel of Oil
  14. MODEC FSO hits One Billion Barrel offloading mark and 10 years of continuous operations
  15. Sea Trucks Group gets first contract award in Mexico
  16. ICA Fluor Wins Offshore Platform Project

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