Water Injection Ups Thunder Horse Production

    BP began a major water injection project at its Thunder Horse Platform in June, extending the production life of one of the biggest deepwater fields in the US Gulf of Mexico.

    The project will boost recovery of oil and natural gas from one of the Thunder Horse Field’s three main reservoirs and supports BP’s strategy of continued investment in its existing deepwater Gulf of Mexico production hubs.

    The Thunder Horse Field is located approximately 150 miles (240 km) offshore, to southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

    Over the past three years, BP refurbished the Thunder Horse Platform’s existing topsides and subsea equipment while also drilling two water-injection wells at the site. From those wells, water will be injected into the reservoir to increase pressure and enhance production.

    The project is the second of five major upstream projects BP expects to bring online in 2016. It is part of BP’s plan to add approximately 800,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of new production globally from projects starting up between 2015 and 2020.

    The Thunder Horse Platform, which sits in more than 6000 ft. (1828 m) of water and began production in June 2008, has the capacity to handle 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 MMcfd (5 x 106 m3/d) of natural gas. The facility continued to operate while work on the water injection project was underway.

    BP operates four large production platforms in deepwater Gulf of Mexico – Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog, and Na Kika – and holds interests in four non-operated hubs – Mars, Mars B, Ursa, and Great White.

    BP has two other major projects underway in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The Thunder Horse South Expansion project will add a new subsea drill center roughly two miles from the Thunder Horse Platform. In addition, BP continues to design the Mad Dog Phase 2 Project, which will develop resources in the central area of the Mad Dog field through a subsea development tied back to a new floating production hub consisting of up to 24 wells from four drill centers.

    Photo courtesy of BP.
    Photo courtesy of BP.