Chevron Moves Ahead with Big Foot Project

Chevron Corp. expects production from its Big Foot project to begin in the second half of 2018 following validation of the projects tension leg platform design and mooring system.

The collapse of the tendons on the Big Foot spar was due to the failure of the connections between the temporary buoyancy module and the tendons, company spokesperson Cameron Van Ast told Rigzone in an email statement.

The initial site recovery work is complete.

“The tension leg platform has been moved to a safe location and inspection work has confirmed that all wells and the subsea template can be reused along with most of the components of the recovered tendons,” Van Ast said.

Production from Big Foot was originally slated to begin late last year. However, damage to Big Foot’s subsea installation tendons forced Chevron to delay production.

Located in the Walker Ridge area of the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Big Foot TLP has a design capacity of 75,000 barrels per day of oil and 25 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

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


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