Shell’s Olympus platform departs for Gulf of Mexico's deepwater Mars field
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Shell’s massive Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) set sail from Ingleside, Texas for a 425 mi trek to its final home on the Mars Field in the Gulf of Mexico.
For 10 days, tugboats will transport the over 120,000-ton platform to location where work will begin to secure the platform in place. The Olympus TLP will be moored to the seafloor by tendons grouped at each of the structure's corners and will float in approximately 3,000 ft of water.
The Olympus TLP is Shell’s sixth and largest TLP and will provide process infrastructure for two of Shell’s deepwater discoveries, West Boreas and South Deimos. The project also includes pipelines that will be routed through West Delta 143C, the recently installed shallow-water platform.
The Olympus TLP is expected to start production in 2014, producing at a rate of 100 Mboe.