Shell said that it has reached a Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Whale project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Shell intends to replicate Vito semisubmersible platform design to develop the field with a “99% replicated hull and an 80% replication of the topsides” from the Vito semi. The Whale field sits in a water depth of 2,681 metres (8,796 ft) and will serve as a hub enabling future, low-cost tiebacks. The project is scheduled to begin production in 2024.
In November 2019, Shell awarded a contract to Sembcorp Marine to build and integrate the hull and topside of the Whale semi. The Whale semi comprises a topside module and a four-column semi-submersible floating hull, with a combined weight of 25,000 tonnes.
The Whale development is expected to produce 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) and has a recoverable resource volume of 490 million boe. Shell is the operator with 60% working interest and its partner is Chevron with 40% working interest