Noble Energy starts up Gunflint in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Noble Energy, Inc.’s Gunflint oil development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico has entered production. The two-well field is ramping up and is anticipated to reach a minimum gross production of 20,000 boe/d, with oil representing approximately 75% of the volumes produced.  

The net amount to Noble Energy is expected to be at least 5,000 boe/d, with potential for additional volumes dependent upon available capacity at the third-party host facility. 

The Gunflint development, located at Mississippi Canyon block 948, is a 23-mi (37-km) subsea tieback to the Gulfstar One facility owned by Williams Partners L.P. and Marubeni Corp.

EMAS CHIYODA, known then as EMAS AMC, was contracted by the operator in 2014 for the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of Gunflint’s tieback, as well as those for the Big Bend and Dantzler developments.

Hodge Walker, Noble Energy’s Vice President, Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, stated: “The Gunflint project marks our fourth successful offshore major project completed within the past nine months, including the start-up of Big Bend and Dantzler in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the non-operated Alba B3 compression platform in Equatorial Guinea

“Our drilling and completions teams delivered impressive technical accomplishments on the Gunflint development, including several innovative first time techniques for the industry. The coordination of simultaneous operations, including topside modifications at the floating production system and subsea well activities, is an accomplishment for all involved. The project was completed on time and under budget and will provide significant impact to Noble Energy as we progress through the rest of the year and into 2017.”

Noble Energy operates the Gunflint field with a 31.14% working interest. Other working interest owners include Ecopetrol America Inc. (31.50%), Samson Offshore Mapleleaf LLC (19.13%), and Marathon Oil Corp. (18.23%).


Gulfstar One FPS
The Gunflint oil field was developed as a long-distance subsea tieback to the Gulfstar One FPS in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. (Photo courtesy Williams Partners)

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