Long journey for oil platform hull ends in Texas

The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months.

Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date. It will operate in the Mars Field at a water depth of about 3,000 feet. Shell owns 71.5 percent of the development and is the operator, and BP is a 28.5 percent owner.

Shell plans to use the Olympus to add a six-well subsea development West Boreas/South Deimos in the Mars field. The federal government approved Shell’s Olympus exploration plan at the end of 2011. The project extends the life of the Mars Field to at least 2050, Shell said.