Offshore Field Development Projects
Auger Auger
Operator:Shell
Water Depth:872 m / 2,878 ft
Region:N. America - US GOM
Country:US
Last Updated:Sep 11, 2014    (view update history)
Project Description
Located 255 miles (410 kilometers) southeast of Houston and 214 miles (344 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, the Auger field spans Garden Banks Blocks 426, 427, 470 and 471. Acquired through two mid-1980s OCS Lease Sales, the field is wholly owned and operated by Shell.

Drilled in 1987 by the Zane Barnes semisub (now the Jack Bates semisub), the discovery well on Garden Banks Block 426 was followed up by an appraisal well and three sidetracks across the fields' four blocks. These successful wells, in addition to 3D seismic, were used to determine field development.

Field Development: Auger TLP

Announced in December 1989, the field development plan for Auger included the installation of a tension leg platform with both drilling and ...
Located 255 miles (410 kilometers) southeast of Houston and 214 miles (344 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, the Auger field spans Garden Banks Blocks 426, 427, 470 and 471. Acquired through two mid-1980s OCS Lease Sales, the field is wholly owned and operated by Shell.

Drilled in 1987 by the Zane Barnes semisub (now the Jack Bates semisub), the discovery well on Garden Banks Block 426 was followed up by an appraisal well and three sidetracks across the fields' four blocks. These successful wells, in addition to 3D seismic, were used to determine field development.

Field Development: Auger TLP

Announced in December 1989, the field development plan for Auger included the installation of a tension leg platform with both drilling and production facilities.

Located on Garden Banks Block 426, the Auger TLP is a fixed platform installed in waters measuring 2,860 feet (872 meters). Seventeen Auger wells are connected to the facility; ten of which were drilled by the George Richardson semisub, and the other seven were drilled by the TLP post production start-up.

Measuring 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) from seabed to flare tower, the massive Auger TLP weighs in at 39,000 tons (35,380 tonnes). Designed and engineered by Shell, the Auger TLP was constructed and installed by a number of different companies.

The facility is comprised of a steel hull and a production and drilling topsides deck. At 20,000 tons (18,144 tonnes), the hull includes four circular steel columns connected by four rectangular steel pontoons, fabricated by Bellelli. With a production capacity of 100,000 bopd and 300 MMcf/d (8.5 MMcm/d), the topsides are an open truss box girder design measuring 290 by 330 by 70 feet (88 by 101 by 21 meters) and weighing 10,500 tons (9,525 tonnes). J. Ray McDermott tacked the topsides construction, hull and deck mating, TLP installation and mooring, and pipeline installation for the facility.

Built for drilling, completion and workover operations in addition to processing, the facility also contains a five-story accommodation unit. With 32 well slots, the Auger TLP gathers well production around a rectangular well bay.

Consisting of templates held in place by four piles, four foundations were constructed by Aker-Gulf Marine and installed at the facility's corners by Herremac. Additionally, the Auger TLP is moored through a lateral eight-line mooring system. Each line consists of 8,650 feet (2,637 meters) of five-inch-diameter wire rope and 1,800 feet (549 meters) of 5-inch-diameter chain.

Production Hub

With installation, hook-up and commissioning completed in November 1993, the Auger TLP commenced first production on April 15, 1994. Oil and gas from the development is piped to platforms in shallower waters before final export.

Since first production, the Auger TLP has been designated a processing hub for nearby fields. Now, Cardamom, Habanero, Serrano, Llano, Oregano and Macaroni also produce through the Auger TLP development.

In 1997, the pipelines exporting oil and gas from the Auger TLP were expanded. The existing oil pipeline was converted to a gas system, and a new oil pipeline was built between the Auger TLP and Shell's Enchilada platform on Garden Banks 128. The new system better delivers produced hydrocarbons from Auger to the Garden Banks Gathering System.

Satellite Fields

Cardamom

Located on Garden Banks 427 and 471, Cardamom is situated in 2,860 feet (872 meters) of water approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of the Auger TLP. Discovered in 1995, the field was further delineated by a second well, drilled in November 1995.

Cardamom is developed directly to the Auger TLP, with production commencing in October 1997.

The field was further delineated when a well found additional pay in 2011. The operator is currently drilling four development wells, which will connect to the Auger TLP.

This second phase of development is expected to produce 50,000 boe/d at peak production and more than 140 MMboe over its lifetime.

Macaroni

Located on Garden Banks 602 in 3,700 feet (1,128 meters) of water, Macaroni is situated 12 miles (19 kilometers) away from the Auger TLP. Discovered in 1995 by the Transocean Rather, the field underwent appraisal drilling in 1996 and 1997.

Acquired in the August 1989 OCS Lease Sale, Macaroni is operated by Shell, which holds 51% interest in the lease. Project partners include Eni with 34% and Devon with the remaining 15% interest.

Field development for Macaroni ties the field to the Auger TLP. Three subsea wells are clustered around a four-slot subsea template on Garden Banks 602, and then oil and gas is transported via two flowlines to the Auger TLP. The Transocean Richardson and Noble Paul Romano semisubs performed development drilling on the satellite field, and major contractors on the subsea development included FMC Technologies, J. Ray McDermott, Intec, Kongsberg Offshore and Alcatel.

Production commenced on the Macaroni subsea development on Aug. 23, 1999.

Serrano

Located on Garden Banks Blocks 516 and 472 in 3,400 feet (1,036 meters) of water, the Serrano gas field is wholly owned and operated by Shell. Discovered in 1996 by the Ocean Worker, the field was further extended in 1999 by the Transocean Marianas.

Development for the satellite field included a subsea system tied-back to the Auger TLP 6 miles (10 kilometers) away. Consisting of two subsea wells, the development utilizes a subsea flowline sled to transport gas and condensate to the Auger TLP.

With estimated recoverable reserves of 50 MMboe, Serrano commenced production on Dec. 1, 2001, peaking at 160 MMcf/d (4.5 MMcm/d) of natural gas in 2002.

Oregano

Situated on Garden Banks Blocks 558 and 559, Oregano is in waters measuring 3,400 feet (1,036 meters) deep and is located 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the Auger TLP. Wholly owned and operated by Shell, the oil field was discovered in 1999 by the Noble Paul Romano.

Mirroring each other, Oregano was developed in conjunction with Serrano at a combined cost of $250 million. Oregano was also developed through a two-wells linked to a subsea manifold and tied to the Auger TLP through a subsea flowline sled.

Diamond Offshore performed the drilling and completion work on both Oregano and Serrano. A major contractor on both developments, FMC supplied the wellhead and completion equipment, including six vertical trees.

Pulling from an estimated recovery of 50 MMboe, production commenced on Oregano on Oct. 17, 2001, four months ahead of schedule. The field peaked at 20,000 bopd at the close of 2001.

Habanero

Located on Garden Banks Block 341 in 2,015 feet (614 meters) of water, the Habanero oil and gas field is located 11.5 miles (19 kilometers) away from the Auger TLP. Discovered in January 1999 by the Ocean Concord, Habanero consists of two pay zones. Situated in the H52 and H55 sands, a 225-foot (69-meter) column of oil is located in an upper zone, and a 70-foot (21-meter) column of gas condensate is located in the lower zone.

Shell serves as the operator of the satellite field with 55% interest in the block. Project partners include Murphy Oil with 33.75% and Callon with 11.25%.

Developed as a satellite field to the Auger TLP for a total investment of $190 million, Habanero field development includes two subsea wells connected to a dual pipe-in-pipe flowline system, which is then tied to the Auger TLP. Major contractors on the project include Transocean, which performed drilling and completions; and FMC with provided the subsea hardware.

With a daily peak rate of 22,000 bopd and 75 Mmcf/d (2.1 MMcm/d) of natural gas, production commenced from Habanero on Nov. 29, 2003.

Llano

Located in 2,600 feet (792 meters) of water on Garden Banks Blocks 385 and 386, the Llano oil and gas field is situated 11.5 miles (19 kilometers) from the Auger TLP.

The operator, Shell owns 27.5% interest in Llano. Lease partners on the blocks include Hess with 50% and ExxonMobil with 22.5%.

Discovered in 1998 by the Transocean Voyager & Omega, the field was delineated by two sidetrack wells. Reserves are located in the Pliocene and Miocene formations at a thickness of 150 feet (46 meters) and 95 feet (29 meters), respectively.

Developed as a subsea tie-back to the Auger TLP, Llano field development includes two wells tied through a pipe-in-pipe looped flowline. FMC also served as a major contractor on this development.

With a peak rate of 25,000 bopd and 75 MMcf/d (2.1 MMcm/d) of gas, production commenced from Llano on April 29, 2004.

Ozona

The Ozona oil and gas field is located in approxiamtely 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) of water on Garden Banks Block 515, about 175 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas. Marathon serves as the operator and holds a 68% interest; Marubeni holds the remaining 35% interest.

At a development cost of $300 million, Ozona will consist of one well subsea tied-back to the Auger platform, which is located six miles from the field.

Ozona is expected to commence production in 2011 and reach a peak production of 6,000 bopd and 13 MMcf/d.
Activities
Status Updates
Shell Increases U.S. GOM Deepwater Production with Cardamom Start-Up
Type: Production Start

Sep. 2014 - Shell announced the start of production at its 100%-owned Cardamom development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Cardamom was discovered in October 2011 and was developed as a subsea tieback to Shell's Auger Tension Leg Platform (TLP). After production is ramped up, Cardamom is expected to produce 50,000 boepd and will bring Auger's output to approximately 130,000 boepd. Cardamom is the seventh field to be developed through the Auger TLP. The field is located in 2,860 feet of water in Garden Banks Blocks 427 and 471.

Shell Preparing to Shutdown Auger for Cardamom Tieback
Type: Development Activity

Jul. 2013 - Shell is nearing the start of production at its Cardamom field in the Garden Banks area of the US Gulf of Mexico. Cardamom is being developed as a subsea tieback to the Shell-operated Auger tension-leg platform (TLP). Auger is currently producing approximately 55,000 boepd and will need to be temporarily shutdown to facilitate the completion of the tieback. Production operations on the TLP should restart in 4Q 2013. Once online, Cardamom is expected to produce at a peak rate of 50,000 boepd.

Callon Unloads Habanero Stake
Type: Operator Update

Nov. 2012 - Shell has agreed to purchase Callon Petroleum's 11.25% working interest in the Habanero Field in the US Gulf of Mexico for a base price of $42 million. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year. Callon will use the proceeds from the divestiture to repay borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Shell, the field operator, will carry a 66.25% working interest after the transaction closes. For the month of October Callon's share of production from Habanero was approximately 336 barrels of oil and 506 thousand cubic feet of gas per day.

Technip Wins Cardamom Contract
Type: Development Activity

Nov. 2012 - Shell awarded another Gulf of Mexico development contract to Technip for the development of infrastructure for the Cardamom field in Garden Banks block 427. The project consists of a subsea tieback to the Auger TLP at a water depth of 2,720 feet. Under the contract, Technip will provide project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of 8 miles of pipe-in-pipe flowlines with associated line terminations and steel catenary risers. Offshore installation is planned for the second half of 2013. The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.

Shell Begins Development Drilling at Cardamom
Type: Development Activity

May. 2012 - Shell has begun development drilling at its Cardamom field in Garden Banks Block 427 using the Noble Jim Thompson (DW semisub). The rig will drill two wells, with each well taking about 90 days. Both wells will be tied-back to the Auger TLP. Shell's DOCD for Cardamom includes drilling four development wells and permits for all wells have been approved.

Hess Allocates $1.6B for Production Drilling on Shenzi, Llano
Type: Status Update

Jan. 2012 - Hess has allocated production expenditures of nearly US $1.6B for drilling production and water injection wells at Shenzi, and drilling production wells at the Llano field in the deepwater GOM. Situated on Green Canyon 609, Shenzi commenced oil/gas production on March 25, 2009, and currently has 11 production wells online. The Llano field, located on Garden Banks 385 and 386, came online April 29, 2004, via the Auger TLP.

Subsea 7 Scores Two GOM Contracts
Type: Subsea Equipment

Dec. 2011 - Subsea 7 received two engineering and installation contracts from Shell for the Cardamom and West Boreas projects in the GOM. The company's scope of work on West Boreas is the installation of a 20,000 feet (6,096 meter) long umbilical, as well as subsea distribution hardware for the field. Installation will occur in water depths of up to 3,146 feet (959 meters) in the Mississippi Canyon block area. For the Cardamom project, the company will install a 30,400 feet (9,266 meters) long umbilical plus subsea distribution hardware for the field in water depths up to 2,999 feet (914 meters) in the Garden Banks block area. Subsea 7 will use the Skandi Neptue construction vessel for both projects. Both oil fields are slated to commence production in 2013.

Technip to Construct Umbilicals for Cardamom, West Boreas Developments
Type: Subsea Equipment

Oct. 2011 - Technip's wholly-owned subsidiary, DUCO Inc, received two contracts from Shell Offshore Inc., for the development of the Cardamom and West Boreas fields in the Gulf of Mexico. The contracts encompass engineering, project management and construction of a 9,265-mile-long (14,911-kilometer-long) umbilical for Cardamom, and a 6,096-mile-long (9,811-kilometer-long) umbilical for West Boreas. DUCO's facility in Houston will manufacture the umbilical systems and will deliver them in 2012. Both oil fields are under development with production slated for 2013.

Shell Gets Nod to Drill in GB 427 in GOM
Type: Status Update

Mar. 2011 - Shell has received approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to drill a deepwater well on its Cardamom prospect in Garden Banks block 427 in 2,721 feet (829 meters) of water. The original exploration plan for this area was approved in 1985 and the oil and gas currently being produced from this lease is a part of the Auger field. The new exploration well will be drilled using the Noble Jim Thompson semisub. Well No. DC001 is located about 137 miles (220 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast.

BOEMRE Approves Shells Plan to Drill on Auger Field
Type: Status Update

Mar. 2011 - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has approved an Exploration Plan, submitted by Shell Offshore following the completion of a site-specific Environmental Assessment for deepwater oil and gas exploration. The plan is a supplemental exploration plan proposing activities not originally included in an exploration plan for the same lease, located on the Auger field, which was approved in 1985. This approved plan supplements the original by proposing to drill three exploratory wells in nearly 2,950 feet (899 meters) of water, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) offshore Louisiana. Auger is located on Garden Banks blocks 426, 427, 470 and 471. The field is wholly owned and operated by Shell.

InterMoor to Replace Auger TLP's Platform Wires
Type: Subsea Equipment

Feb. 2011 - Shell has selected InterMoor to replace eight platform wires on the Auger TLP's lateral mooring system in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform wires are composed of non-jacketed spiral-strand wire. Additionally, InterMoor will manage, engineer and fabricate installation aids, including a hang off porch to be fitted to the stern of the installation vessel to facilitate operations. DOF Subsea will provide the Skandi Slolten vessel to perform the work, which should arrive in the GOM in March 2011. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2011. Auger is located 214 miles (344 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans on Garden Banks Blocks 426, 427, 470 and 471. The field is wholly owned and operated by Shell.

Marathon Taps CSL for Ozona Engineering Services in GOM
Type: Contract Award

Oct. 2009 - CSL has secured a contract for Marathon's Ozona Deep development project, located on Garden Banks Block 515 in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract provides Top Tensioned Riser (TTR) engineering validation and installation support. The Ozona Deep project is currently under development as a subsea tie-back to Shell's Auger TLP at Garden Banks 426 with first production expected in 2011.

Marathon Files DOCD for Ozona Development Project
Type: Development Activity

Oct. 2009 - Marathon submitted a Development Operations Coordination Document to MMS proposing development activities at its Ozona Deep field in the Garden Banks area. The DOCD is proposing to install Lease Term pipelines, and complete Well No. 003 (ST03BP01) at GB Block 515 for production. Ozona Deep is currently undergoing development, which consists of a subsea tie-back to Shell's Auger Platform at Garden Banks Block 426.

Hess Drills Development Well at Llano
Type: Status Update

Sep. 2009 - Hess begins drilling at its Llano producing field in the Garden Banks area in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will use the Ocean Baroness to drill development well LL003 at GB385 (BH- GB386) this month. Llano began producing via the Auger TLP back in April 2004. Hess was designated as operator of well #LL003 on GB385 in August 2009.

Technip Inks Subsea Contract for Ozona Project in the Gulf of Mexico
Type: Contract Award

Aug. 2009 - Technip was awarded a lump sum contract by Marathon Oil for the Ozona field development in the Gulf of Mexico. The project consists of the tie-in of a well in Garden Banks Block 515 in a water depth of 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) to the Shell Auger platform. The contract covers project management and surveys, engineering, procurement/fabrication and installation of a 5.6 mile-long (9 kilometer) pipe-in-pipe flowline, two PLETs, an anchor pile and a rigid jumper and installation of a 7.5 mile-long (12 kilometer) umbilical. Offshore installation is scheduled to be completed by the Deep Blue, Technip's deepwater pipelay vessel, in the second quarter of 2010.

Callon's Habanero Field Returns to Pre-Hurricane Production Rates
Type: Status Update

Dec. 2008 - Callon Petroleum's deepwater Gulf of Mexico field, Habanero on Garden Banks block 341, commenced production November 12, 2008. The field has returned to pre-hurricane rates of approximately 6,800 bopd and 9.6 MMcf per day. Callon owns an 11.25% working interest in the #2 well and a 25% working interest in the #1 well.

Marathon Approves Ozona Development
Type: Development Activity

Oct. 2008 - Marathon Oil's Board of Directors has sanctioned their deepwater Gulf of Mexico Ozona development project. The Board has approved a total project cost of $300 million for the Ozona development. The Ozona discovery, located in approximately 3,000 feet of water on Garden Banks block 515, will consist of completion of one previously drilled appraisal well, which will be tied back to Shell's Auger platform six miles away. Marathon has contracted the Noble Jim Day rig to complete the appraisal well and expects first production in 2011.

Auger Production Expected Online Soon
Type: Status Update

Sep. 2008 - Shell says that production from its Auger facility is expected to be back online with in two weeks. The Auger TLP was shut in prior to Hurricane Ike. The Auger TLP located on Garden Banks 426 serves as host facility to the Auger, Cardamom, Habanero, Llano, Macaroni, Oregano & Serrao fields.

Henry Goodrich Spuds Ozona Deep Sidetrack
Type: Development Activity

Apr. 2008 - The Henry Goodrich has spud the Ozona Deep #3 Sidetrack. The rig should be on location through early summer.

Marathon Hires KBR for Ozona Feasibility Study
Type: Development Activity

Oct. 2007 - KBR's subsidiary, Granherne, has been awarded the Ozona feasibility contract by Marathon Oil. Granherne will examine methods for subsea tieback of the Ozona discovery in Garden Banks block 515, Gulf of Mexico. The Ozona discovery, in 3,280 feet of water, was announced by Marathon in 2002. The feasibility work will be conducted at Granherne's offices in Houston.

Marathon 8-K Report 2007
Type: Status Update

Sep. 2007 - Marathon is continuing to evaluate options to develop the Ozona Prospect. Commercial terms were secured in 2005 after protracted negotiations with offset operators to allow this sub-sea well to be tied back to existing oil and gas infrastructure. A sidetrack well was planned for 2006; however, a deepwater rig could not be obtained due to a partner disposition of interest in the prospect and a shortage of deepwater rigs resulting from hurricane damage in 2005 and increased deepwater drilling activity. During 2006, Marathon continued its efforts to advance the Ozona Prospect by reprocessing existing seismic data to optimize the next well location. Marathon has also continued to actively search for rig availability.

Marathon 2005 Annual Report
Type: Status Update

Mar. 2006 - In 2001, a successful discovery well was drilled on the Ozona prospect (Garden Banks block 515) in the Gulf of Mexico and, in 2002, two sidetrack wells were drilled, one of which was successful. Our plans are to develop this as a subsea tieback to area infrastructure. Commercial terms have been secured for the tieback and processing of Ozona production and we are attempting to secure a drilling rig to drill the development well. We hold a 68 percent operated interest in the Ozona prospect.

Pioneer Sells Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Assets
Type: Acreage Acquisition

Feb. 2006 - Pioneer Natural Resources wholly-owned subsidiary, Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., has entered into a purchase and sale agreement through which Marubeni Offshore Production (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, will acquire certain deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets from Pioneer for cash proceeds of $1.3 billion. The transaction has an effective date of January 1, 2006 and is expected to close in March or April. The agreement is subject to customary post-closing adjustments, the exercise of preferential rights related to some of the properties and federal antitrust clearance.

Habanero Subsea Development Begins Production
Type: Production Start

Dec. 2003 - The Habanero subsea development ties back approximately 11.5 miles to Shell's Auger tension leg platform, making this the fourth subsea development to tie back to the Auger hub. Peak production for Habanero is expected to reach 22,000 barrels of oil and 75 million cubic feet of gas per day by the end of first quarter, 2004. Total development costs for Habanero are approximately $190 million, excluding lease costs.

Ozona Appraisal
Type: Appraisal Operations

Jul. 2002 - Appraisal sidetrack operations have been completed on the Ozona Deep discovery drilled in 2001 where Pioneer owns 32% working interest. The first appraisal sidetrack was drilled east of the initial discovery well in Garden Banks block 515 to test the upside potential of the field. The sidetrack encountered salt at the proposed reservoir location and was abandoned. The second sidetrack, drilled southeast of the original discovery, was a successful appraisal of the reservoir established by the discovery well. However, the well results indicate the reservoir is more complex and contains fewer recoverable reserves than previously estimated. Pioneer and the operator, Marathon Oil Company (68% WI), are currently evaluating these results and considering options for development of the field. The field is in the Auger mini-basin in the Gulf of Mexico in approximately 3,300 feet of water.

Shell's Auger Platform Back to Normal
Type: Status Update

May. 2002 - Production from Shell's Auger platform should be fully restored within the next two to three days. Some of the wells in the area had been shut to enable the replacement of a gas riser that was damaged because of unusually strong sea currents.

Pioneer Strikes Twice in the Gulf of Mexico
Type: New Discovery

Oct. 2001 - Pioneer Natural Resources Company announced an oil discovery on the Ozona Deep prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a successful appraisal well on the Stirrup discovery on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. The Ozona Deep discovery well was drilled in 3,280 feet of water in Garden Banks block 515 to a measured depth of 26,352 feet and encountered approximately 345 feet of net oil pay in two primary intervals. The well was logged, fluid samples were taken for analysis, and the well will be temporarily suspended without further testing. Appraisal plans for 2002 will be finalized following the analysis of the data gathered in the discovery well. Pioneer has a 32% working interest in the well and Marathon Oil Company (NYSE:MRO) has a 68% working interest and is operator.

SANTA FE SNYDER ACQUISITION
Type: Acreage Acquisition

Jul. 1999 - Santa Fe Snyder Corporation announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire working interests in four Shell Deepwater Development, Inc. Gulf of Mexico discoveries, as well as unexplored acreage on some adjacent blocks in a $210 million transaction. Santa Fe Snyder estimates that the acquisition would add production of 11,500 Barrels of oil equivalent per day next year. This is Santa Fe Snyder’s first major transaction since the merger was approved two months ago. Under terms of the agreement, Santa Fe Snyder will acquire portions of Shell’s working interests in the Macaroni Field located in the Auger Basin in Garden Banks and the Angus complex located near the Bullwinkle, Troika and Brutus fields in Green Canyon. Shell will retain a majority interest and continue as operator. Santa Fe Snyder’s working interests will range from 15 percent to 49 percent.

Cardamom
Producing - Sep 2014 to -

Under Development - 2011 to Sep 2014

Discovery (Drilled) - Oct 2011 to Nov 2011

Exploratory Drilling - Mar 2011 to Oct 2011

Ozona Deep
Under Development - Aug 2009 to -

Development consist of a subsea tie-back to Shell's Auger Platform.

Discovery (Appraised) - Jul 2002 to Aug 2009

Appraisal Drilling - Mar 2002 to Jul 2002

Two appraisal wells were drilled, the first was abandon, the second was successful, however the well results indicate the reservoir was more complex and contained fewer recoverable reserces than previously estimated. Pioneer and the operator, Marathon are currently evaluating these results and considering options for development of the field.

Discovery (Drilled) - Nov 2001 to Mar 2002

Discovery well was drilled to a measured depth of 26352 ft & encountered 345ft of new oil pay in two primary intervals. Well will be temporarily suspended w/out further testing.

Exploratory Drilling - Jul 2001 to Nov 2001

Discovery made on GB515 using Noble's Max Smith semisub.

Oregano
Producing - Oct 2001 to -

Under Development - Aug 2000 to Sep 2001

Shell developed Oregano utilizing a subsea system tied back 8 miles to the Auger TLP on GB426.

Discovery (Drilled) - Mar 1999 to Jul 2000

Target reserves comprise oil and associated gas, and are in the K sands at a depth of approximately 19,000 feet subsea. API gravity for the oil is 35-37 and sulfur content is approximately 1.08%.

Exploratory Drilling - Feb 10, 1999 to Mar 27, 1999

Discovery drilled on GB559 using the Noble Paul Romano.

Llano
Producing - Apr 29, 2004 to -

Llano production began April 29, 2004 through one well. The second well came on stream May 25.

Under Development - Nov 1999 to Apr 28, 2004

Shell developed Llano utilizing a subsea system tied back 11.5 miles to its Auger tension leg platform on Garden Banks Block 426 in 2,860 feet of water. The expandable subsea system initially consisted of two wells tied back to Auger via an 8 x 12-inch pipe-in-pipe looped flowline. Llano is SEPCo’s second project to utilize 15,000-psi subsea equipment.

Discovery (Appraised) - Jan 1999 to Nov 1999

Appraisal Drilling - Nov 1998 to Jan 1999

Discovery (Drilled) - Jun 1998 to Nov 1998

Exploratory Drilling - Apr 1998 to Jun 1998

After two sidetracks, the discovery well was drilled to measured depth of approximately 27,800 feet in 1998 using the Transocean Voyager & Omega. The target reserves are in turbidite sands at depths of approximately 24,000 feet subsea in the Pliocene layer and 26,000 feet subsea in the Miocene layer of the Gulf of Mexico. Located in two zones, the net thickness averages 150 feet in the Pliocene and 95 feet in the Miocene.

Habanero
Producing - Dec 2003 to -

Under Development - Jun 2002 to Dec 2003

Discovery (Appraised) - Feb 1999 to Jun 2002

Exploratory Drilling - Dec 1998 to 1999

Discovery well drilled by Ocean Concord

Bright Spot - 1996 to 1998

GB 341 was acquired in OCS Lease Sale 155.

Macaroni
Producing - Sep 23, 1999 to -

Production began August 23, 1999.

Under Development - 1998 to Sep 22, 1999

Shell announced in March 1998 its plans to develop Macaroni utilizing a subsea system tied back 12 miles to the Auger TLP on Garden Banks Block 426 in 2,860 feet of water. The Macaroni subsea system consists of three subsea satellite wells clustered around a four-well subsea manifold in Garden Banks Block 602. Production flows through dual 6-inch by 10-inch pipe-in-pipe flowlines to the Auger TLP for processing.

Discovery (Appraised) - Jan 1996 to Dec 1997

Appraisal Drilling - Sep 1995 to Jan 1996

Two additional appraisal wells were drilled in 1996 and 1997. Transocean Richardson and Noble Paul Romano semisubmersibles drilled and completed the development wells.

Discovery (Drilled) - Sep 1995 to Sep 1995

Exploratory Drilling - Sep 1995 to Sep 1995

The discovery well was drilled in late 1995 using the Transocean Rather.

Auger TLP
Producing - Apr 15, 1994 to -

TLP was installed in a water depth of 2,860 feet, a record for a permanent drilling and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico and first production was achieved on April 15, 1994.

Under Construction - Dec 1989 to Apr 1994

Shell to develop Auger in December 1989 with the plans to install a tension leg platform on Block 426.

Serrano
Producing - Dec 2001 to -

Under Development - Nov 2000 to Nov 2001

Discovery (Appraised) - Aug 1999 to Nov 2000

Appraisal Drilling - Jul 1999 to Aug 1999

A second discovery was drilled on GB472 using the Transocean Marianas.

Discovery (Drilled) - Jul 1996 to Jul 1999

The target reserves are in the SE 40 and SE 55 sands at depths of approximately 12000' and 18000' subsea. The average net pay is approximately 80 feet and 110 feet, respectively and the reserves are gas and associated gas condensate.

Exploratory Drilling - Jul 1996 to Jul 23, 1996

Discovery drilled on GB516 using Diamond's Ocean Worker.

Bright Spot - Oct 01, 1989 to Jun 1996

Shell won GB472 at the 8/23/1989 MMS Western GOM Lease Sale #122 with a bid of 162.000.00; Lease expiration date 9/30/1999.

Auger
Producing - Apr 15, 1994 to -

Beginning in 2001, H&P provided the manpower to operate the Shell owned rig at Auger and production began in April 1994.

Under Development - Dec 1989 to Apr 1994

Shell plans to develop Auger in December 1989 with the announcement of plans to install a tension leg platform on Block 426.

Appraisal Drilling - 1987 to 1989

The discovery well was drilled on Block 426 in 1987 using the Zane Barnes. One other well and three sidetracks were drilled on the four blocks and 3D seismic information was used prior to making a decision on development.

Discovery (Drilled) - 1987 to 1987

The discovery well was drilled on GB 426 using the Jack Bates (ex-Zane Barnes).

Update History
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UPDATE TYPE DATE DAYS AGO
Field Updated Sep 11, 2014 38
Field Status Updated Sep 11, 2014 38
Field Status Added Sep 11, 2014 38
Facility Updated Sep 11, 2014 38
Activity Added Sep 11, 2014 38
Field Updated Jul 18, 2013 458
Facility Updated Jul 18, 2013 458
Field Status Updated Jul 18, 2013 458
Activity Added Jul 18, 2013 458
Field Updated Nov 30, 2012 688
Activity Added Nov 30, 2012 688
Field Updated Nov 09, 2012 709
Activity Added Nov 09, 2012 709
Project Description Updated Jul 31, 2012 810
Facility Updated Jul 31, 2012 810
Field Updated May 22, 2012 880
Project Description Updated May 22, 2012 880
Activity Added May 22, 2012 880
Field Updated Jan 12, 2012 1011
Activity Added Jan 12, 2012 1011
Field Updated Dec 12, 2011 1042
Activity Added Dec 12, 2011 1042
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Facility Name Auger TLP
Duty Oil/Gas
Operator Shell
Current Status Producing since 1994
Host Type TLP
Water Depth 872 m / 2,878 ft
Dev.Cost $1,100,000,000
 
Region US
 
Location Garden Banks 426
 
Field Name Auger
Discovery Date Jan 1987
Block Garden Banks 426, 427, 470, 471
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Apr 1994
Water Depth 872 m / 2,878 ft
Field Name Serrano
Discovery Date Jul 1996
Block Garden Banks 472, 516
Reserve Type Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Dec 2001
Water Depth 1,036 m / 3,419 ft
Field Name Cardamom
Discovery Date Oct 2011
Block Garden Banks 427, 471
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Sep 2014
Water Depth 872 m / 2,878 ft
Field Name Llano
Discovery Date Jun 1998
Block Garden Banks 385, 386
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Apr 2004
Water Depth 792 m / 2,614 ft
Field Name Macaroni
Discovery Date Sep 1995
Block Garden Banks 602
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Sep 1999
Water Depth 1,128 m / 3,722 ft
Field Name Oregano
Discovery Date Mar 1999
Block Garden Banks 558, 559
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Oct 2001
Water Depth 1,036 m / 3,419 ft
Field Name Habanero
Discovery Date Jan 1999
Block Garden Banks 341
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Producing
Production Start Dec 2003
Water Depth 614 m / 2,026 ft
Field Name Ozona Deep
Discovery Date Nov 2001
Block Garden Banks 515
Reserve Type Oil
Current Status Under Development
Production Start
Water Depth 1,000 m / 3,300 ft