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BP Brings Dorado, King South Fields on Stream

18 May 2009

BP PLC has begun production from Dorado and King South fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Both are subsea tiebacks to BP's Marlin tension-leg platform.

The Marlin TLP is on Viosca Knoll Block 915. Dorado, 2 miles from the TLP, features three subsea wells operated by BP with a 75% working interest. Shell has 25% working interest.

King South, 18 miles from the TLP, features one subsea well and is 100% owned and operated by BP (OGJ, Oct. 8, 2007, p. 49).

Dorado utilizes dual completion technology enabling production from five Miocene zones, and King South is produced through the existing King field subsea pump.

BP installed the Marlin TLP in 1999 as a production hub for Marlin field. Since then, Marlin, King, Nile, and King West fields have been producing across the Marlin TLP.

With the addition of the four new wells, a total of 11 wells produce into the Marlin TLP with daily gross production of 60,000 b/d oil and 70 MMscfd of gas.