Cardamom Oil And Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Shell
  • Country: USA
  • Location: Garden Banks Block 427, Gulf of Mexico
  • Production start: 2014
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume: 50,000 boe/day


  • The Cardamom discovery is located in Garden Banks Block 427, approximately 362 kilometres (225 miles) south-west of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water more than 800 metres (2,720 feet) deep.
  • The Cardamom project is expected to produce 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) a day at peak production and more than 140 million boe over its lifetime.
  • The development plan includes subsea tie back to Auger Tension Leg Platform to minimise the offshore footprint


  • FMC Technologies: five subsea production trees, and will also manufacture and provide subsea and topside controls, manifold and tie-in equipment
  • Technip: engineering, project management and construction of an umbilical
    • Project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of the East and West Loop 12.8 kilometer pipe-in-pipe flowlines with associated PLETs and steel catenary risers


  • 2010 - The first Cardamom exploration well began producing
  • 2011 - Development plan ok'd by BOEMRE
  • 2011 - Shell made final investment decision
  • 2013 - Shell announces shutting of Auger platform to connect Cardamom
  • 2014 - Cardamom came onstream




  1. Shell launches development of major new Gulf of Mexico discovery
  2. Shell Awards Cardamom Deep Project to FMC Technologies
  3. Technip awarded umbilical contracts in the US
  4. Interior Approves First Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Exploration Plan with Post-Deepwater Horizon Environmental Review
  5. Technip awarded subsea contract for the Cardamom field in the Gulf of Mexico
  6. Shell to shut in Auger platform to complete tie-in at Cardamom field
  7. Shell announces second major 2014 start up in deep-water Gulf of Mexico with Cardamom development first oil

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