The first wave of oil platforms since business went on hold in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill in 2010 are under construction on its shores as technological breakthroughs allow geologists and engineers to find and reach large oil reserves in previously mysterious regions deep under water and deeper under rock.
The 10 million-pound drilling rig for Shell’s Olympus oil platform will begin a four-day voyage along the Texas coast on Thursday to be joined with its massive hull. See photos of the record-setting platform’s construction and journey across the ocean.
The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s Olympus offshore platform traveled 18,000 miles from South Korea. It arrived Saturday at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico.
Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum, shown here at the Shell Houston Open, talks to us about the oil major’s outlook in the Gulf of Mexico and the costs of the drilling moratorium. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)
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