Shell buys floating production, subsea facility off Louisiana coast for $1 billion

Shell E and P Offshore Services B.V. is buying the floating production, storage and offloading and subsea infrastructure facility Turritella in a $1 billion deal.

The vessel had been under charter since September. The deal allows a Shell affiliate to become the operator of the Stones development, which lies roughly 200 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Stones is the world’s deepest oil and gas project, operating in about 9,500 feet of water in an ultra-deep area of the Gulf of Mexico.

The company selling the Turiritella is a joint-venture owned by SBM Offshore, with a 55 percent interest; Mitsubishi Corp., 30 percent; and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, 15 percent…


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