Marlin Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Plains Exploration & Production Company
  • Country: USA
  • Location: Viosca Knoll Blocks 871 & 915, Gulf of Mexico
  • Production start: 1999
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Marlin Hub consists of the Marlin Tension Leg Platform (TLP), the Marlin wells, and three subsea fields tied back to the platform – Nile (Viosca Knoll Block 914), King and Dorado Oil Field.
  • This floating production platform is tethered by tendons (tension legs) to the sea bed at a depth of 972 meters (3,240 feet)
  • Dorado comprises three subsea wells located about two miles from the Marlin TLP
  • King South comprises a single subsea well located about 18 miles from the Marlin TLP
  • Gas is transported on the Destin Gas Pipeline


  • ABB: Engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the TLP production facility and its associated pipelines
  • J P Kenny: Specification and procurement of subsea equipment


  • 1993 - Marlin Oil Field discovered
  • 1997 - Nile field discovered
  • 1997 - ABB awarded TLP contract
  • 1999 - The Marlin field came on stream
  • 2001 - The Nile field started production
  • 2009 - First oil produced from Dorado & South King
  • 2010 - BP acquired Shell's stake in the field
  • 2012 - Plains Exploration and Production acquires a share from BP



  1. Marlin, BP
  2. Gulf Of Mexico Permanent Deepwater Structures
  3. Gulf Of Mexico Deepwater Natural Gas And Oil Qualified Fields
  4. J P Kenny Subsea References
  5. ABB to supply worlds first turnkey deepwater tension leg oil and gas platform
  6. W&T Offshore to Acquire Offshore Fields From Shell Offshore Inc.
  7. W&T Offshore Provides Update Regarding Its Acquisition of Offshore Fields From Shell Offshore
  8. BP to Sell Non-Strategic US Gulf Of Mexico Assets to Plains Exploration and Production Company

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