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Summary Information

  • Operator: Shell
  • Country: USA
  • Location: Walker Ridge Block 508, Gulf of Mexico
  • Production start: 2016
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
    • 250 million boe of recoverable resources
    • 2 billion boe of oil in place
  • Production Volume:


  • The Stones field is located in 9,500 feet (2,896 meters) of water, approximately 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The development will start with two subsea production wells tied back to the Turritella FPSO vessel, followed later by six additional production wells.
  • The FPSO is a typical generation 2 design with a processing facility capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and 15 mmscfd of gas treatment and export. No water injection facilities are specified. The Suezmax hull will be able to store 800,000 barrels of crude oil and total topsides weight will reach 7 thousand tons.


  • FMC Technologies: Supply of eight subsea trees, a subsea manifold, topside and subsea controls and associated equipment
  • SBM Offshore: Supply and lease of the FPSO
  • Technip:
    • Engineering, procurement and installation contract for the development of subsea infrastructure
    • engineering of the required second pipeline end terminations (PLETs), fabrication of the PLETs and piles & installation of the subsea production system


  • 2005 - Stones Oil And Gas Field discovered
  • 2013 - Shell makes final investment decision
  • 2013 - SBM Offshore awarded FPSO contract
  • 2016 - Commercial production started



  1. Gulf Of Mexico Deepwater Natural Gas And Oil Qualified Fields
  2. Top 100 U S Oil And Gas Fields
  3. Shell moves forward on new Gulf Mexico development at Stones
  4. FMC Technologies Awarded Subsea Equipment Contract for Shell's Stones Field
  5. SBM Offshore Awarded Contracts to Provide World’s Deepest Disconnectable FPSO for Shell Stones in Gulf of Mexico
  6. Technip to lay the world’s deepest gas pipeline, for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico
  7. Technip awarded additional subsea contract for the Stones project development in the Gulf of Mexico
  8. FPSO Turritella Producing and on Hire

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