Start-up success for bp’s Manuel project at Na Kika platform in Gulf of Mexico

Source: press release, 23 June 2021

Manuel includes two wells tied back to the Na Kika platform
Manuel includes two wells tied back to the Na Kika platform (photo: bp)

bp has announced a significant milestone with the safe start-up of the Manuel project in the US Gulf of Mexico, the fourth of five major projects expected to be delivered globally in 2021. Manuel includes a new subsea production system for two new wells tied into the Na Kika platform. The wells are expected to boost gross platform production by an estimated 20,100 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d).

Starlee Sykes, bp senior vice president Gulf of Mexico and Canada says, “Manuel is exactly the type of high-value project that is critical to growing our business here in the Gulf of Mexico. bp’s focused and resilient hydrocarbons business is a key pillar of our strategy. This start-up is another example of our team’s commitment to safe and reliable operations.”

The bp-operated wells, drilled to a depth of approximately 6,400 metres, are located southeast of the Na Kika platform, approximately 225 kilometres off the coast of New Orleans. bp and Shell each hold a 50% working interest in the Manuel development.

Ewan Drummond, bp senior vice president of projects, production and operations says, “Our disciplined investment in Manuel is part of our target to add 900,000 boe/d of production from new projects by the end of 2021. The safe production of resilient hydrocarbons in the basins we know best is core to advancing our strategy to transform into an integrated energy company.”