Baker Hughes to deploy first ESP system in Gulf deepwater well

Oil field servicer Baker Hughes will supply electrical submersible pumping systems, production packers and mud line packers for Chevron's deepwater Big Foot Project in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will service seven producing wells with its ESP and production packers and three injection wells with the mud packers.

It will mark the first time ESP systems will be used inside the wellbore in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, according to a news release from Baker Hughes. The ESP systems will be placed at a depth of 16,000 feet. The systems are scheduled to begin deployment in 2014.

The Big Foot was discovered in 2006. It's located in 5,200 feet of water in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf. The production facility is an extended tension leg platform with an onboard drilling rig. It has a production capacity of 75,000 barrels of oil and 25 million cubic feet of gas.

Chevron chose the ESP systems to boost the production stream and maximize the asset recovery --- while extending production life and speeding recovery. ESP run times for well application have improved with the technology. The 1200 horsepower dual ESP systems will be the highest horsepower in-well systems ever used in an off-shore facility.

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