Field/project development

Shell Takes FID on New Great White Wells in Gulf of Mexico

The operator also has increased its stake in the Kaikias field in the Mars basin.

The Perdido platform.
Shell's Perdido spar located in the Alaminos Canyon area of the GOM.
Source: Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd. ©Stuart Conway

Supermajor Shell has made a final investment decision (FID) to develop three new wells in its Great White unit that will boost production at the Shell-operated Perdido spar in the Alaminos Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). After completion of this campaign in April 2025, these wells collectively are expected to produce up to 22,000 BOED at peak rates.

The Perdido spar, located in Alaminos Canyon block 857, came online in 2010 hosting volumes from three fields—Great White, Silvertip, and Tobago. The facility is located 200 miles south of Galveston, Texas, in about 8,000 ft of water. The Perdido spar boasts a production capacity of 125,000 BOPD.

The new wells will be drilled in the Great White unit, where Shell is the operator with 33.34% working interest. Partners Chevron and BP each hold a one-third stake in the project.

“Shell is the leading operator in the US Gulf of Mexico, and we continue to find ways to build on that position,” said Rich Howe, Shell’s executive vice president for deep water. “By expanding our Perdido development, we continue to unlock the greatest value from this exceptional resource.”

Elsewhere in the GOM, Shell has acquired a 20% working interest in the Kaikias field from Mitsui. Shell remains operator and now has a 100% stake in the field.

“Since its discovery, the Kaikias field has been a productive investment,” added Howe. “By increasing Shell’s working interest in the field, we are creating options for our future as the leading producer in the US Gulf of Mexico.”

The Kaikias field produces oil and gas volumes via a subsea tieback to the nearby Ursa production hub.

Shell discovered the Kaikias field in 2014. Production began in May 2018.