Shell Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Shell plc (Shell), announced that production has started at the Shell-operated Vito floating production facility in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM).
With an estimated peak production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, Vito is the company’s first deep-water platform in the GoM to employ a simplified, cost-efficient host design.
“Vito is an excellent example of how we are approaching our projects to meet the energy demands of today and tomorrow, while remaining resilient as we work toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” said Zoe Yujnovich, Shell’s Upstream Director.
The Vito development is owned by Shell Offshore Inc. (63.11 percent operator) and Equinor (36.89 percent). In 2015, the original host design was rescoped and simplified, resulting in a reduction of approximately 80 percent in CO₂ emissions over the lifetime of the facility as well as a cost reduction of more than 70 percent from the original host concept.
Vito also serves as the design standard for our Whale project that will feature a 99 percent replication of the Vito hull and 80 percent of Vito’s topsides.