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Paul Morel used to go out to Shell's Olympus platform to help operate it. Now he works in a New Orleans office. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Technology lets producers move jobs from platforms to land

Shell and other offshore players to move a growing number of jobs historically performed at sea onto land.
Deepwater Gulf of Mexico projects are more resilient to short-term price swings, a new report finds.

Photos: At sea with Shell and the landmark Mars B project

Shell Oil Company has touted the project, expected to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil a day at its peak, as one of its most important startups this year.
A dusk view of a support vessel next to the illuminated Na Kika oil and natural gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (BP)

BP starts pumping crude at major deep-water Gulf project

BP said Monday it began pumping crude from a new well at one of its four major deep-water hubs in the Gulf of Mexico last week, the second major startup in U.S. offshore region this year.
Shell's Olympus platform (Shell)

Deep-water giant begins production in Gulf of Mexico field (photos)

Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday it had started production from its Olympus platform, the first of several new platforms expected to push oil production in the Gulf of Mexico to a record level by 2016.
Shell’s Olympus platform is set up on the Mars field in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2013. (Royal Dutch Shell)

Olympus offshore platform arrives at deep-water destination (photos)

Shell’s massive Olympus production platform has reached its destination in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, ending an 18,000-mile journey that began last year in South Korea.
Shell's tension leg platform named Olympus (left) and Chevron's tension leg platform named Big Foot (second from right) and semi-submersible platform named Jack / St Malo (right) are shown under construction at Kiewit Offshore Services, 2440 Kiewit Road, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Ingleside. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

New oil platforms rise high to reach deep (photos)

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.
Shell's Olympus platform (Shell)

PHOTOS: Shell is moving mountains for deep-water Gulf oil

Royal Dutch Shell is showing off its new Olympus platform, docked near Corpus Christi for final preparations before it sails for the Mars B project in the Gulf.
The pipe bridge is lifted onto a drilling rig under construction at the Lonestar Energy Fabrication yard in Baytown. Two new reports highlight continuing strength in the oil and gas sector in Texas. (Lonestar Energy Fabrication)

Shell’s Olympus platform readies for Gulf of Mexico journey

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.
Shell's Olympus hull completed its 18,272 mile journey to Ingleside, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2013. (Shell)

Long journey for oil platform hull ends in Texas

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's Odum swings big iron in the Gulf

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)