Shell Begins Production at Stones in Gulf of Mexico

Royal Dutch Shell in September said that it started production from the Stones development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stones is expected to produce around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day when fully ramped up at the end of 2017.

The project is located about 200 miles southwest of New Orleans at a water depth of 9,500 feet.

“Stones is the latest example of our leadership, capability, and knowledge which are key to profitably developing our global deep-water resources,” Andy Brown, upstream director, Royal Dutch Shell, said in a statement. “Our growing expertise in using such technologies in innovative ways will help us unlock more deep-water resources around the world.”

Stones, which is 100% owned and operated by Shell, is the company’s second producing field from the Lower Tertiary geologic frontier in the Gulf of Mexico, following the start-up of Perdido in 2010.