Gemini Begins Producing in Gulf of Mexico
Texaco and Chevron began producing natural gas and condensate
from Gemini, a subsea system of wells, manifold and flow lines on
the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in 3,400 feet of water.
Gemini's initial flow rates were 77 MMcf/d and 1,500 b/d of
condensate from one well. These initial rates are expected to peak
at daily rates of 150-200 MMcf/d and 2,000-3,000 b/d of condensate
with two additional wells by year-end. This will make Gemini one of
the largest subsea projects currently producing gas and condensate
in the Gulf.
Gemini is located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 292 and 247,
about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans. Texaco Exploration and
Production Inc., a subsidiary of Texaco Inc., is the operator of
the project with a 60% working interest. Chevron U.S.A. Production
Co. holds a 40% working interest. Projected recoverable reserves
for the project are estimated at 250 to 300 Bcf of gas and 3 to 4
million barrels of condensate.
Discovered in 1995, Gemini is also one of the first deepwater
subsalt projects in the Gulf of Mexico. It will contribute to the
initial infrastructure in this area of the Mississippi Canyon
region where Texaco and Chevron are joint owners of more than 30
leases, strategically positioning the companies to grow production
in the deepwater.
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