Skip to comments.Shell’s latest offshore platform arrives in Texas
Posted on 01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST by thackney
The hull of Royal Dutch Shells latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico.
The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months.
Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shells sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date. It will operate in the Mars Field at a water depth of about 3,000 feet. Shell owns 72.5 percent of the development and is the operator, and BP is a 28.5 percent owner.
Shell plans to use the Olympus to add a six-well subsea development West Boreas/South Deimos in the Mars field. The federal government approved Shells Olympus exploration plan at the end of 2011. The project extends the life of the Mars Field to at least 2050, Shell said.
I would not like to be in heavy seas on that thing
Just think about this load in heavy seas.
I’ll make a wild-eyed guess that they planned their voyage VERY carefully. I’ll make another wild-eyed guess that it doesn’t fit through the Panama Canal ...
With a two month long journey, it is difficult to be assured you won’t see heavy seas.
Then there was the time in my own ship driving days when I realized that the only weather forecasts my ship was getting were a repeat of what we had just passed to the Fleet Weather Center. That'll make you feel kinda lonely....
I just went and looked at Dockwise website amazing fleet of vessels
Cape horn must of been fun
So ... guys ... tell me something I don't know!!!
Nothing quite like being the test pilot.
What sort of weather/waves do you think that beast could handle?
I don’t know if it helps or hurts, but this type of ship can lower itself deeper into the water lowering the center of gravity.
Tell me again why the underemployed US taxpayer is paying for 30,000 troops to defend a country that now has the industrial ability to make and deliver something such as this?
Because we have security interest in that part of the world.
Do you think if they were not in Korea we would or should get rid of all those military personnel and their equipment?
I’ll bet that vessel is very stable in heavy seas. Looks like a HUGE catamaran to me.
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It may be fat but I don’t think it is a cat.
They go around the clock in an industry and an attitude that will never be seen in this country in this country again.
It’s nice to know such things are still made. Sometimes I feel like you need a permission slip to get up in the morning.
Olympus includes the fabrication and integration of a 5,000-ton, 192 person-on-board (POB) living quarters for the Shell Olympus Topsides located in the Gulf of Mexico. The structure includes four levels plus an elevated helideck. This 50,000-square-foot facility will sail away June 2013 following integration.
The project is also known as Mars B as it is an expansion of the Mars field. The platform will be known as Olympus.
Construction of Shell's Mars B TLP moves ahead
There will also be significant subsea infrastructure.
We are borrowing from China to defend Korea from what? China?
I do not believe their only mission is to defend Korea.
If we would keep the military folks even if we pulled out of Korea, then it is not an issue of cost, but of the mission and location.
Do yo believe we should get rid of those folks or simply move them?