Shell's Perdido: The top is on

Shell Oil Co. has finished installing the oil and gas drilling and production platform atop a 555-foot spar hull at its Perdido installation about 200 miles south of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico.
Perdido floats in 8,000 feet of water, and is the deepest oil and gas platform in the world. The depth matches that of Enterprise Products Partners’ Independence Hub operated by Anadarko Petroleum, but the Hub is a gas-only production platform.
Russ Ford, Shell’s technology vice president for the Americas, said that once the global economy recovers, oil and gas demand will rebound as well, and newly producing fields like Perdido will help satisfy that.
The Perdido project started with a lease bought in 1996. Development of the 50,000-ton floating structure started 10 years later. The cylindrical spar was delivered to the field site last August. The facility can produce up to 130,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, and Shell is the operator on behalf of partners Chevron and BP.
The project required more than just installing the platform. Seventy-seven miles of oil export pipelines and 107 miles of gas export pipelines also were installed to connect to existing offshore pipelines to bring the production to market.

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