The Jack field in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico has delivered first oil on December 6, 2014, on time and on budget. First production from the Jack field follows first production from the Jack St. Malo Floating Production Unit (FPU) announced December 2, 2014. Maersk Oil owns a 25% share in the Jack field, operated by Chevron (50%) and with Statoil as partner (25%). Maersk Oil also owns a 5% share of the Jack St. Malo FPU.
The Jack field is expected to deliver approximately 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) of entitlement production to Maersk Oil when plateau production is reached. The Jack field was discovered in 2004 and has an expected life time of 30 years, primarily producing oil.
“The Jack field delivers Maersk Oil’s first deepwater oil and the first production in the US. This production is an important addition to our portfolio and growth production target,” says Gretchen Watkins, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Oil.
“The ability to deliver projects on time and budget, combining capital discipline and technical capabilities, is crucial for Maersk Oil. Jack field is a good example of successful focus on both technical excellence and project delivery.”
The Jack field is tied back to the Jack St. Malo FPU, which is the largest semisubmersible in the Gulf of Mexico in term of displacement, at over 160,000 tons. The facility is located 450 kilometers south of New Orleans, Louisiana, and at 2,100 meters water depth. The facility has a production capacity of 170,000 bpd and 42 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, with the potential of future expansion.