Anadarko erects newest oil platform in the deep-water Gulf (video)

HOUSTON — Anadarko has released a series of videos providing a cool look inside the journey of its Lucius platform, the company’s latest technological marvel to work in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.

The massive facility, which can process 80,000 barrels per day, now is floating 340 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Earlier this year, the spar hull — the enormous floating cylinder that supports and stabilizes the structure — made a month-long trip from its construction site in Pori, Finland to a shipyard in Corpus Christi:

In August, the 23,000-ton Lucius spar, which measures 605 feet long, was hauled through Corpus Christi Bay into the Gulf and to its final destination at Keathley Canyon block 875:

Last month, the rest of the platform was erected piece by piece in 7,100 feet of water. Anadarko expects Lucius to begin producing oil in the second half of 2014:


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