Shell positions massive Perdido spar (w/video)

Shell has posted some footage of the placement of the Perdido spar, a platform that will tap into several deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil fields to bring millions of barrels of oil ashore in the coming years.

Known officially as the Shell-operated Perdido Regional Development Spar, the equipment will be anchored to the seafloor in about 8,000 feet of water 200 miles south of Freeport.
Shell is claiming a lot of superlatives for Perdido, saying it will be “nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower and weigh as much as 10,000 cars,” and “will be the deepest oil development in the world, the deepest drilling and production platform in the world and have the deepest subsea well in the world.”
The facility is designed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas from three fields: Great White, Silvertip and Tobago. The production from these fields will be transported via new and existing pipelines.
First production from Perdido is expected around the turn of the decade.
Here’s a link to more background on the projects, and here’s a link to more video, including b-roll.

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