HOUSTON – The Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) has departed the Kiewit Offshore Services yard in Ingleside, Texas, bound for Shell’s Mars field in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico.
The 120,000-ton TLP, believed to be the largest ever deployed in the Gulf of Mexico, will be moored in 3,000-ft (914-m) water depths about one mile from the existing Mars platform, which started production in 1996. The new TLP hosts a 24-slot drilling unit and includes capacity for six subsea wells to gather production from the nearby West Boreas and South Diemos fields.
The platform, centerpiece of what Shell has dubbed the Mars B development, has a production capacity of about 100,000 boe/d. The project is expected to extend the field life of Mars to at least 2050.