Production is underway from the Cardamom development, the second major deep-water facility Shell has brought online in the Gulf of Mexico this year following the

startup of Mars B in February.

The Cardamom field is 225 miles southwest of New Orleans in water more than 2,700 feet deep.

Oil from the Cardamom subsea development is piped through Shell’s Auger platform, the company said. When Cardamom reaches full production of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, Auger’s total production capacity will increase to about130,000 boe/d.

Since its first production in 1994, the facility has received several

upgrades to process additional production from new discoveries. 

Cardamom, discovered in 2010, is Auger’s seventh subsea development.