Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
BP was one of the first energy companies to see the potential for oil and gas exploration in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Recognizing its promise, BP began acquiring lease blocks during the 1980s
BP and our heritage companies have been exploring in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (depths greater than 1,200 feet) for more than a quarter century. BP is the largest leaseholder in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, owning more than 650 lease blocks in waters greater than 1,250 feet.
BP has been exploring the deepwater Gulf for more than a quarter of a century and was the largest producer of oil and gas there in 2012. BP produces from more than 15 fields in the Gulf, including Thunder Horse and Atlantis, two of the Gulf’s largest and deepest fields.
BP also has a robust pipeline of development options, including Kaskida and Tiber.
Directly employing more than 2,300 people in the Gulf of Mexico business, BP supports tens of thousands of additional jobs in the region.
BP operates four large production platforms in the region Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Na Kika. BP holds interest in three non-operated hubs Mars, Ursa and Great White.
Located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans and in 6,050 feet of water, Thunder Horse is designed to process up to 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Located in 4,500 feet of water some 190 miles south of New Orleans, Mad Dog has the capacity to produce up to 80,000 barrels of oil and 60 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Servicing multiple fields, Na Kika is located 140 miles southwest of New Orleans in 6,350 feet of water. It is designed to process up to 130,000 barrels of oil and 550 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Operating in more than 7,000 feet of water and located approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans, Atlantis production capacity is approximately 200,000 barrels of oil and 180 million cubic feet of gas per day.
Mardi Gras Pipeline
Located at depths reaching more than 7,000 feet in some locations, the Mardi Gras Pipeline transportation system moves BP's production from the four operated production platforms in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.