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Thunder Horse was found listing when the crew returned after evacuating for Hurricane Dennis


 

Location

Gulf of Mexico

 

Position

190 miles south of New Orleans in 7,070ft (2,150m) of water

 

Blocks

Green Canyon 699, 700, 742, 743, 744

 

Discovery

1998




 

Atlantis & Thunder Horse Deepwater Oil and Gas Platform, Gulf of Mexico 13 Jul 2005

 

Thunder Horse was found listing when the crew returned after evacuating for Hurricane Dennis; another BP project severely delayed by the Gulf's weather in 2005.

 

 

 

Thunder Horse was found listing when the crew returned after evacuating for Hurricane Dennis; another BP project severely delayed by the Gulf’s weather in 2005.

 

 

 

Hurricane Rita bubecame a category-five hurricane in September 2005. Work on Atlantis was seriously disrupted by the 2005 hurricane season – which had already seen Hurricane Katrina rip through the Gulf in August.

Thunder Horse was found listing when the crew returned after evacuating for Hurricane Dennis; another BP project severely delayed by the Gulf’s weather in 2005.
Thunder Horse was found listing when the crew returned after evacuating for Hurricane Dennis;

 

BP to fix $1 billion Mexico oil platform

 

BP LLC worked to fix its $1 billion Thunder Horse petroleum platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico that was found listing after Hurricane Dennis.

 

On Tuesday, after power was restored and crews were able to board the platform, information from data recorders was sent to the shore for analysis, Chappell said.

 

 

 

A cause had not been determined, said BP spokesman Ronnie Chappell in Houston on Wednesday.

 

 

 

"It's a history of the status of the equipment and actions taken by the operators, prior to the evacuation," Chappell said. "It will also provide information on what happened on the vessel after the people were removed last week."

 

 

 

Thunder Horse, the largest platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is the centre of the Thunder Horse field, located about 240km southeast of New Orleans in about 1,800m of water.

 

 

 

Until the accident, BP expected it to begin producing oil - as much as 240,000 barrels per day - in late 2005. Exxon Mobil Corporation is a partner in the project.

 

 

 

"It's too early to say how this will impact the project's schedule," Chappell said on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Currently, the Gulf of Mexico produces about 1.5 million barrels of oil per day.

Evacuation due to Dennis

Thunder Horse was evacuated on Friday in anticipation of hurricane Dennis.

 

 

 

The listing platform was first noticed Monday by a passing ship.

 

 

 

After that, BP and the Coast Guard set up a response centre in Morgan City, near the Louisiana coast.

 

 

 

BP and the Coast Guard both said there has been no evidence of pollution. Robots were used to examine the platform's hull, which showed no sign of damage, BP said.

 

 

 

Chappell would not speculate on how long it might take to right the platform, which was listing at about 20 Degrees.

 

"It's a history of the status of the equipment and actions taken by the operators, prior to the evacuation"

Ronnie Chappell,
BP spokesman in Houston, USA

 

 

 

Ballast pumps aboard the platform are operational, he said, and additional pumps are being brought in.

 

The process of balancing the platform using water as ballast is similar to that used on ships, Chappell said.

 

 

 

SOURCE: Agencies

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