Noble Energy Starts Gunflint Production

Published at 02:41PM - 23/07/16

Independent oil and gas producer Noble Energy announced it has recently started producing at its Gunflint oil development in the deep water Gulf of Mexico.

The field composed of two wells is expected to reach a minimum gross production of 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd).

“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,” Noble Energy Vice President, Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, Hodge Walker, said.

Noble Energy Starts Gunflint Production

Oil will represent approximately 75% of the volumes produced from the field, the company explained.

Overall, Noble expect to receive a net amount of at least 5 million boepd, with potential for additional volumes depending on the available capacity of the host facility, owned by a third-party.

The Gunflint development is located at Mississippi Canyon Block 948 and it is a subsea tie-back to the Gulfstar One Facility, owned by Williams Partners and Marubeni Corporation.

“Our drilling and completions teams delivered impressive technical accomplishments on the Gunflint development, including several innovative first time techniques for the industry,” the executive explained.

“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,” he stated further.

Noble Energy Ups Resources in 2016

Noble Energy operates the field with a 31.14% working interest, while Ecopetrol America Inc. owns 31.50%, Samson Offshore Mapleleaf owns 19.13% and Marathon Oil Corporation owns the remaining 18.23%.

Production from Big Bend and Dantzler started last year, doubling the company’s production in the US Gulf to 30,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Out of this total, 85% was oil and the fields went from discovery to production in two and three years’ time, the company explained.

According to the executive, Big Bend, Dantzler and Gunflint will help the firm enter 2017 with a significant production portfolio in the US Gulf.