Anadarko Petroleum is one of the leading exploration and production companies, with offices around the world. The company has upstream projects throughout the United States, Gulf of Mexico, South America, Africa, and New Zealand and has midstream operations throughout the United States.
Anadarko’s midstream operations offer compression, gathering, treatment, and processing services to their customers.
Anadarko’s upstream Gulf of Mexico operations have discovered more than 30 fields and employ one of the largest floating production facilities. The facility is able to produce 80,000 barrels per day and is currently being replicated to produce a new facility.
Anadarko Petroleum was one of the first companies to drill in offshore waters in the Gulf of Mexico away from the sight of land in 1947. The Kermac No. 16 well stood in about 20 feet of water and was 10 miles at sea. While a large hurricane with speeds of up to 140 miles per hour hit the platform just days after completion, the well sustained minimal damage, allowing drilling to continue shortly after the hurricane passed. Kermac No. 16 produced 1.4 million barrels of oil by 1984.
Anadarko continues the tradition of offshore oil rigs 70 years later and currently has its largest floating production facility to date.
Deepwater Horizon was an offshore rig owned by Transocean on behalf of BP, and in September 2009, it drilled the deepest oil well in history at a depth of 35,050 feet. On April 20, 2010. A blowout occurred, leading to an oil rig explosion. The resulting fire on the oil rig raged for two days before the oil rig sank, eventually causing the largest oil spill in U.S. waters. Anadarko owned a minority interest in the Macondo oil field, where the accident occurred. As such, Anadarko has been invoiced by other companies to pay for its cost of the cleanup and related responses. Most recently, the United States Supreme Court rejected a bid by BP and Anadarko to avoid penalties under the federal pollution law in connection with their liabilities stemming from the accident. Based on this rejection, Anadarko could be required to pay more than $1 billion in penalties.
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