It’s called Big Foot for a reason.
The gargantuan hull of Chevron’s Big Foot deep water offshore platform recently arrived in Texas, after a three-month trek from Korea.
Built by the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in Korea, the Big Foot hull embarked on its lengthy journey in December aboard the Dockwise Mighty Servant 1. It arrived in Ingleside, Texas in early March and now is undergoing additional work at the Gulf Marine Fabrication yards in Aransas Pass.
In the coming months, the platform’s topsides, containing the water injection system and other above-water production equipment, will be lifted and attached to the massive structure in three modules. And in early 2014, Big Foot will be shipped out into the Gulf of Mexico, 225 miles south of New Orleans, floating in 5,200 feet of water. Oil production is expected to begin later that year.
The Big Foot platform is engineered to process 75,000 barrels of oil and 25 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Chevron estimates a 20-year prodcution life for the field, with more than 200 million barrels of potentially recoverable oil equivalent.
Chevron is operator and 60 percent owner of the $4.1-billion project. Statoil has 27.5 percent ownership and Marubeni holds 12.5 percent ownership.
Read more FuelFix coverage of the deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico:
- BP may delay Gulf of Mexico Mad Dog 2 field’s development (April 22)
- Two miles of sea covers Big Oil’s next-generation field (March 26)
- Oil spill response group forming emergency strike team for Gulf (March 26)
- Chevron strikes oil more than 6 miles below sea level (March 25)
- Rigs-to-Reefs program making a splash in Texas (March 20)
- Companies announce strong results from Gulf appraisal well (March 19)