Shell Receives the Gulf of Mexico Field Operatorship from Equinor

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 6/29/2022, Location: North America

A 51 percent stake in the North Platte deep water development project in the US Gulf of Mexico will be sold by Equinor to Shell. Shell will take over as the field's new operator while Equinor keeps a 49 percent stake in the project. Equinor and Shell have decided to alter the name of the North Platte development to the Sparta development in order to reflect this shift.

Sparta straddles four blocks of the Garden Banks area, 275 kilometers (171 miles) off the coast of Louisiana in approximately 1,300 meters (4265 feet) of water depth. Front-end engineering and design (FEED) has been matured for the project. Equinor and Shell will now work closely to review the work that has been completed and to update the development plan.

Since 2005 Equinor has built up a sizable position in the Gulf of Mexico, which offers some of the highest value, lowest carbon intensity oil and gas production in the company’s portfolio.

“Equinor has long-term view of Sparta as a high-quality project with a clear strategic fit for the company. Sparta will strengthen our position in the Gulf of Mexico as well as our overall role as a reliable energy supplier to the US,” says Chris Golden, Senior Vice President, U.S. Upstream, Exploration and Production International.

“This is a development opportunity that is expected to add significant value with lower carbon emissions intensity. We are pleased to welcome Shell and look forward to sharing our experience and technology to move this valuable project forward,” says Golden.

The transaction is subject to customary conditions and authority approval.

Sparta Key Facts
- Discovered in 2012 by Cobalt International Energy
- Located in Garden Banks (GB) area of US GOM – GB blocks 915, 916, 958 and 959.
- Subsalt Paleogene reservoir at depth of ~30,000 ft. (9,100 m).
- Equinor accessed 40% equity in 2018.
- TotalEnergies became operator at that time with 60% equity.
- TotalEnergies withdrew from the project in February 2022 releasing all its equity to Equinor


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