U.S., Gulf of Mexico Blocks VK 825 & 826
Landmark: World’s first production spar
Kerr-McGee Neptune Field is located in Viosca Knoll Blocks 825 and 826, 220 km (135 miles) southeast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. The water depth ranges from 1,200 ft to 3,220 ft (360 m to 980 m) in the southeast corner of Block 870. To develop the field, Kerr-McGee used the world’s first production spar as a base for well production operations.
On the sea floor, the wells are arranged in two parallel rows, which are 105 ft (32 m) long and separated by 20 ft (6 m), so that the wells are spaced 15 ft (4.6 m) apart in one direction and 20 ft (6 m) in the other. Adjusting the mooring lines allowed the spar to be positioned so that the riser was between the rows while the riser was being run. The oil is exported by six oil transfer pumps, each rated at 6,000 bopd. Its two compressors can deliver 30 mmcf/d natural gas, at 1,700 psi, to the pipeline. The oil and gas are exported by separate 8" lines, 11 miles (17.5 km) to the north, to the CNG new fixed platform on Main Pass Block 225.