Shell invests in Vito development in Gulf of MexicoStaff Writer | April 25, 2018
Shell Offshore, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, announced the final investment decision for Vito, a deep-water development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with a forward-looking, break-even price estimated to be less than $35 per barrel.
Oil exploration A forward-looking, break-even price
Vito is expected to reach peak production of approximately 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, which represents a significant contribution to our continued growth in the Gulf of Mexico.
The development currently has an estimated, recoverable resource of 300 million boe.
In 2015, Shell began to redesign the Vito project, reducing cost estimates by more than 70% from the original concept.
Vito's cost savings are due to the simplified design, in addition to working collaboratively with vendors in a variety of areas including well design and completions, subsea, contracting, and topsides design.
The Vito development is owned by Shell Offshore Inc. (63.11% operator) and Statoil USA E&P Inc. (36.89%); the field is located beneath more than 4,000 feet of water, approximately 150-miles southeast of New Orleans.
With 40-years of Shell leadership in deep water, Vito will be Shell's 11th deep-water host in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently scheduled to begin producing oil in 2021.
With global production progressing to more than 900,000 boe per day, Shell has deep-water projects and opportunities in the U.S., Brazil, Nigeria, Malaysia, and Mexico. ■