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Shell’s Olympus platform prepares for Gulf journey

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Posted on by Emily Pickrell

INGLESIDE — Royal Dutch Shell is about to move a mountain, towing its new state-of-the-art Olympus platform for duty in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep water.

The Olympus, designed to operate in water depths of 3,000 to 5,000 feet, will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform in the Gulf. The company escorted a group of journalists on a tour of the platform Wednesday.

The platform — towering 406 feet from the base of the hull to the top of the derrick — is docked at the Ingleside, Texas shipyard near Corpus Christi and will leave in about a month to work at the Mars B project 130 miles south of New Orleans. Earlier this year, the hull made an 18,000-mile, two-month trek from South Korea to Ingleside. read more

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Shell, Coast Guard figure out next step for Kulluk rig

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:57 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy

In the week that  Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig has been anchored in Alaska’s sheltered Kiliuda Bay, workers have scrutinized its exterior and studied conditions inside the 266-foot vessel.

Remote-operated vehicles and divers have been evaluating the hull of the conical drilling unit, which beached Dec. 31 on an uninhabited Alaskan island 30 miles away. That underwater assessment finished late Saturday, and workers are now analyzing data from the examination to determine what will happen next with the rig. read more

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Shell wins Coast Guard OK on changes to Arctic-bound barge

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy

The Coast Guard has approved Shell’s request to change the standards for evaluating the readiness of a key emergency response ship that is set to be on hand during planned oil drilling in Arctic waters this summer.

But Shell is still rebounding from two setbacks in its Arctic drilling quest, including an ongoing Coast Guard probe into what caused its Discoverer drillship to drag its anchor and drift toward an island near Dutch Harbor, Alaska last Saturday. read more

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