Olympus TLP Safely Secured at Mars in Deepwater Gulf

The Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) arrived at the Mars field in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico July 20 and was secured in place safely last week, a Royal Dutch Shell plc spokesperson confirmed to Rigzone Monday.

The Olympus TLP is expected to start production in 2014 at a rate of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, the Shell spokesperson told Rigzone in an email statement. The Olympus TLP is the second TLP platform to be installed at the Mars field and the sixth of its type for Shell in the U.S. Gulf.

The main body of the TLP, which weighs 35,000 tons, began its journey from South Korea to Ingleside, Texas on the Gulf Coast  in November 2012 on board a Dockwise heavy lift vessel Blue Marlin.

The TLP arrived in the U.S. Gulf in late January of this year. The TLP’s topsides were installed at Ingleside before the TLP was towed to its final destination at the Shell-operated Mars project.

Shell holds 71.5 percent interest in Mars and the Deimos fields; BP plc holds 28.5 percent interest in both.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com


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