W&T Offshore Incorporated is an independent oil and natural gas producer active in the exploration, development, and acquisition of oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 2011, W&T has been operating the Fairway Field Production platforms in Mobile Bay and the Yellowhammer gas plant in Coden, Alabama, since 2011.
W&T Offshore is committed to being a good neighbor and responsible operator in the lower Alabama area. In the fall of 2019, W&T acquired the working interests from ExxonMobil in nine shallow water-producing fields in Mobile Bay and the Onshore Treating Facility in Theodore, Alabama. W&T worked to consolidate these plant locations. Within the first year of ownership, W&T redirected the natural gas production treated at Yellowhammer to the Onshore Treating Facility. This redirect enabled W&T to shut down Yellowhammer in January 2021, eliminating approximately 55,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, comparable to almost 12,000 passenger vehicle emissions for one year.
“W&T is proud to receive this award for our gas plant consolidation of Yellowhammer and the Onshore Treating Facility. We were able to greatly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in the area, nearly eliminate company vehicle traffic on Dauphin Island Parkway and still maintain a strong combined workforce at the plant,” said Steve Hamm, Vice President of HSE&R. “W&T continues to strive to reduce our emissions further, and as always, to minimize waste disposal.”
The increased gas flow to the Onshore Treating Facility did not cause a substantial increase in emissions from the remaining facility. This plant consolidation has allowed W&T to have a smaller environmental footprint and is a more efficient use of resources, all without sacrificing jobs in the area. Also, the increased gas flow to the Onshore Treating Facility did not cause a substantial increase in emissions from the remaining facility.