Shell orders Deep Down equipment for Vito project

Deep Down, a Houston-based specialist in deepwater oil and gas distribution equipment and services, has received an order from Shell for work related to its Vito development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Located over four blocks in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, in water depth of 4,050 ft, the Vito development will consist of eight subsea wells with deep (18,000 feet) in-well gas lift.

The order placed with Deep Down is for the design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of an isolation valve system on the Vito floating production unit (FPU), the Houston-based manufactured said on Wednesday.

The isolation valve system will be installed onto the FPU to provide shutdown of production fluids.

Ron Smith, Deep Down’s CEO, stated, “This award highlights another step in the strong commitment Shell and Deep Down share, of ensuring a safe future for the oil and gas industry.”

Shell made the final investment decision (FID) for Vito development with a forward-looking, break-even price estimated to be less than $35 per barrel in April.

The Vito development currently has an estimated, recoverable resource of 300 million boe. It is currently scheduled to begin producing oil in 2021.

Offshore Energy Today Staff