Anadarko Shuts-In Independence Hub for Maintenance

According to operator Anadarko Petroleum, the massive Independence Hub, situated at the company's deepwater Independence project in the Gulf of Mexico, has been temporarily taken offline while maintenance is performed on the production platform.

A spokesman for Anadarko confirmed that output will be returned to normal capacity at 700 million cubic feet a day on Monday.

The Independence Hub is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 920 in water depths of 8,000 feet (2,439 meters), roughly 110 miles (180 meters) from the Mississippi River Delta. The facility is owned by Independence Hub LLC, which is 80% owned by affiliates of Enterprise and 20% owned by Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

The semisubmersible platform is a 105-foot-deep (32-meter-deep) draft with a two-level production deck capable of processing 900 MMcf/d of gas and 4,250 barrels of condensate. The platform, which cost $385 million, is considered to be one of the world's largest offshore processing facilities. The hub's life expectancy is estimated at 20 years.