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Shell Perdido platform ‘topside’ erected in US Gulf


Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:14pm EDT

HOUSTON, March 16 (Reuters) – Crews have completed installation of the oil drilling and production platform on the record-breaking Perdido spar in the western U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil Co (RDSa.L) announced Monday.

Floating in waters about 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) deep, Perdido, run by Shell for partners BP Plc (BP.L) and Chevron (CVX.N), is the deepest such project in the world, Shell said in a news release.

Perdido will be capable of producing 130,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent when operational, Shell said.

Over the next several months, 270 personnel living on the platform and an adjacent floating living quarters will finish hookups needed to produce the first oil and gas from the Great White, Tobago and Silvertip fields, Shell said.

Perdido is located in a remote part of the western Gulf, and required installation of more than 77 miles (124 km) of oil pipelines and 107 miles of natural gas lines to bring the production to market, Shell said.

The project began with a U.S. Minerals Management Service lease sale in 1996. Several technologies had to be pioneered before development could begin in 2006, Shell said. (Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


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