Big Bend Produces First Oil Offshore Gulf of Mexico

Published at 09:11AM - 29/10/15

Offshore oil and gas production firm, Noble Energy, has announced first oil from its offshore Gulf of Mexico Big Bend development, confirming it was achieved on 26th October 2015.

Big Bend it the latest development Noble Energy has brought on stream, with the firm already focusing its sights on getting first oil from its Dantzler development by November.

Noble is already ramping up production at the single well Big Bend field, with the firm hoping to get the field to reach its maximum production rate of 20 thousand barrels of oil per day within the next few weeks.

Both Big Bend and Dantzler developments are located in the Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico, and tie back to the Thunder Hawk production facility, an ultra deepwater semisubmersible operated by Murphy Oil.

Noble Energy expects the two fields to add a combined production rate of around 20 thousand barrels of oil equivalent a day, to global oil production output.

Noble Energy’s Executive VP of Operations, Gary W. Willingham, said, “We continue to build on our strong track record of major project execution with Big Bend coming online less than three years from discovery and within our sanctioned budget.”

“Big Bend is the first of three major projects planned to come online for us in the Gulf of Mexico over the next nine months, contributing significant oil production and cash flow to the business.”

“Short cycle times to first production, strong well deliverability, and low production costs from our Gulf of Mexico projects deliver attractive returns even in today’s environment.”