"Thunder Horse is fine. The problem is, of course, the weather has been so bad we can't connect it up to the wells on the seabed," BP Chief Executive John Browne told reporters after speaking at the Brookings Institute.
"We do expect to do this next year, and we expect it to be on stream in the second half of next year, probably in the earlier part of the second half," he said. Production had been scheduled to start at the end of 2005; however, damage caused by Hurricane Dennis pushed the start time back about six months. When the platform comes on stream and reaches full capacity it is expected to produce 250,000 barrels of oil per day.
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