Front Runner Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Murphy
  • Country: USA
  • Location: Green Canyon Blocks 338, 339 & 382, Gulf of Mexico
  • Production start: 2004
  • Partners: Murphy - 37.5%, Eni - 37.5%, Statoil - 25%
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Front Runner development is located in 3,100 feet of water and consists of a truss spar facility capable of handling 60,000 barrels of crude oil and 110 million cubic feet of natural gas a day.
  • The Spar is a hub for a number of satellite fields including Daniel Boone Oil Field and Clipper Oil and Gas Field
  • Oil is exported via the Poseidon Oil Pipeline


  • J. Ray McDermott: Overall project management of the EPIC contract which included the design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the offshore production facility
  • Emerson: Spar - Engineering, Control System, Safety system


  • 2001 - Front Runner Oil Field discovered
  • 2002 - Project sanctioned
  • 2004 - J. Ray McDermott Completes Front Runner Spar Project
  • 2004 - First production
  • 2005 - Norsk Hydro became a shareholder following the takeover of Spinnaker
  • 2007 - Eni acquires a 37.5% stake from Dominion



  1. Emerson FPSO References
  2. Gulf Of Mexico Permanent Deepwater Structures
  3. Gulf Of Mexico Deepwater Natural Gas And Oil Qualified Fields
  4. Spinnaker Exploration Company, Operations Update
  5. J. Ray McDermott Completes Front Runner Spar Project
  6. Murphy Announces First Production At Front Runner Field
  7. Enterprise Announces Receipt of New Production Into Poseidon Oil Pipeline System
  8. Acquisition of Spinnaker completed
  9. Eni completes the acquisition of Dominion's assets in the Gulf of Mexico

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