Perdido Spar Reaches Texas, Final Outfitting Begins Before GOM Deployment

The hull of what will be the world's deepest oil and gas spar production facility, the Perdido Regional Development, has made its way from Finland to Ingleside, Texas. Perdido will be capable of delivering 130,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from the ultra-deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The construction of the hull began in November 2006 at the Technip construction yard in Pori, Finland. It required more than two million man hours (with no lost time incidents) to get to this stage. On May 27, 2008, the hull sailed from Finland. Now at the Kiewit Offshore Services fabrication yard in Ingleside, Shell will work with Technip and Kiewit to perform final outfitting of the hull in preparation for offshore installation. Currently slated for August 2008, the hull will be towed offshore to the Perdido work site, Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the Gulf of Mexico. Once there, Heerema Marine Contractors, using several vessels, will upend the hull and attach the nine mooring lines to the seafloor.

Kiewit also holds the contract to construct and fabricate the Perdido topsides facility. As the name infers, the topsides sit on top of the hull. It includes the production equipment, drilling rig and the living quarters. Topsides construction began in March 2007 and continues today. The topsides will be mated with the hull in a single lift in early 2009. Once completed, the massive steel spar structure will be nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower and weigh as much as 10,000 family cars.

Using cutting-edge technology, the Perdido Spar will drill, gather and process oil and gas from three fields. Moored in approximately 8,000 feet of water, it will be capable of delivering 130,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (100,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of gas per day). Perdido is scheduled to begin production around the turn of the decade. Shell is 35% owner/operator of the host spar. Other partner ownership percentages are: Chevron (37.5%) and BP (27.5%).