Chevron Corporation has announced it has sanctioned the Anchor project in the US Gulf of Mexico. This marks the industry’s first deepwater high-pressure development to achieve a final investment decision. Delivery of the new technology, which is capable of handling pressures of 20,000 psi, also enables access to other high-pressure resource opportunities across the Gulf of Mexico for Chevron and the industry.
“This decision reinforces Chevron’s commitment to the deepwater asset class,” says Jay Johnson, executive vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation. “We expect to continue creating value for shareholders by delivering stand-alone development projects and subsea tiebacks at a competitive cost.”
“For new projects in the Gulf of Mexico, we have reduced development costs by nearly a third, compared to our last generation of greenfield deepwater investments,” says Steve Green, president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production. “We’re doing this by standardising equipment, utilising fit-for-purpose surface facilities that require less capital and employing drill to fill strategies. At Anchor, we streamlined our front-end engineering and design phase and are utilising more industry standards in our designs and equipment to lower costs while maintaining Operational Excellence.”
The Anchor Field is located in the Green Canyon area, approximately 225 kilometres off the coast of Louisiana, in water depths of approximately 1,524 metres. The initial development of the project will require an investment of approximately USD 5.7 billion. Stage 1 of the Anchor development consists of a seven-well subsea development and semi-submersible floating production unit. First oil is anticipated in 2024.
The planned facility has a design capacity of 75,000 barrels of crude oil and 28 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The total potentially recoverable oil-equivalent resources for Anchor are estimated to exceed 440 million barrels. Chevron, through its subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc., is operator and holds a 62.86% working interest in the Anchor project. Co-owner TOTAL E&P USA, Inc. holds 37.14% working interest.