British oil giant BP has reportedly evacuated workers from its Thunder Horse platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, after a power outage
According to Reuters, the oil company said on Monday 300 workers had been removed from the platform as a precaution. Production has been halted.
Offshore Energy Today has reached out to BP, seeking more info on the matter.
“BP’s Thunder Horse production platform in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico was shut in after it lost electrical power on Monday. With safety as our highest priority, technical and essential personnel began work Tuesday to bring the facility back online. No injuries or spills occurred due to the power outage,” BP said in a statement sent to Offshore Energy Today.
Located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans and in 6,050 feet of water, Thunder Horse is designed to process up to 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The Thunder Horse development consists of a semi-submersible Production/Drilling/Quarters (PDQ) facility, with the capacity to produce 250,000 b/d of oil, and 200 mmscfd of gas.
The processed oil & gas is then transported to shore via BP operated pipelines, including Proteus and Endymion (oil), and Okeanos and Destin (gas) pipeline systems. First oil was achieved in June 2008 and ramp up to facility capacity was successfully achieved within the first year of operation.
Offshore Energy Today Staff