Shenzi Oil And Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: BHP Billiton
  • Country: USA
  • Location: Green Canyon Blocks 609, 610, 652, 653 & 654, Gulf of Mexico
  • Production start: 2009
  • Partners: BHP Billiton Petroleum is the operator with 44 percent equity. Joint interest participants are Hess Corporation and Repsol, each with 28 percent equity
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The overall field comprises four blocks: Green Canyon 609, 610, 653 and 654
  • The Shenzi facility is located approximately 120 miles (195 kilometres) off the Louisiana coastline and is installed in approximately 4,300 feet (1,300 metres) of water on Green Canyon Block 653, making it the second deepest TLP in the world.
  • The tension leg platform has a nominal capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day and 50 million cubic feet per day of natural gas
  • Oil is transported on the Shenzi Oil Pipeline to Ship Shoal 332B junction platform, from where it transfers to the Cameron Highway Oil Pipeline
  • Natural gas is exported via the Cleopatra Natural Gas Pipeline


  • MODEC: Provision of a Tension Leg Platform (TLP) facility
  • SHI: TLP hull construction
  • Oceaneering: Supply of umbilical distribution and connection equipment
  • INTECSEA: assisted BHPB in evaluating field development options
  • Technip: Engineering, fabrication and installation of a system of two infield flowlines and six flowlines welded to steel catenary risers and connecting three drill centers to the production platform
  • Manatee: Manifold and jumper delivery


  • 2002 - Shenzi Oil And Gas Field discovered
  • 2006 - MODEC Awarded TLP for Shenzi Field
  • 2006 Enterprise announces construction of the Shenzi Oil Pipeline
  • 2007 - Technip awarded flowlines, risers and subsea structures installation contract
  • 2008 - Shenzi TLP installed
  • 2009 - Production from Shenzi Oil And Gas Field starts
  • 2011 - BHP Billiton Petroleum announced that it is the first company in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to bring a newly drilled well into production since the moratorium


  • The hydrocarbons are in lower Miocene-aged reservoirs


  1. International Protective Coatings Platform References
  2. Gulf Of Mexico Permanent Deepwater Structures
  3. Gulf Of Mexico Deepwater Natural Gas And Oil Qualified Fields
  4. Manatee Offshore References
  5. BHP Billiton Confirms Commercial Hydrocarbon Discovery With Shenzi-3 Appraisal Well In The Gulf Of Mexico
  6. MODEC Awarded TLP for Shenzi Field, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
  7. Oceaneering Announces Shenzi Umbilical Distribution System Contract
  8. Intecsea, BHP Billiton Shenzi Field Development
  9. Technip awarded pipes and subsea structures installation contract for the Shenzi field
  10. First Oil & Gas from the Shenzi Field in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
  11. BHP Billiton Becomes First Operator To Bring New Deepwater Production Well Online Since Moratorium

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