Shell’s giant Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) has arrived at its location on the Mars Field. The platform, which began its 425 mile journey from Ingleside, Texas, in mid-July, is now safely secured in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The Olympus TLP is moored to the seafloor by tendons grouped at each of the structure’s corners and floats in approximately 3000 feet of water. The TLP is the second at the Mars field and the sixth of its type for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Olympus TLP is Shell’s sixth and largest tension leg platform and will provide process infrastructure for two of Shell’s deep water discoveries, West Boreas and South Deimos. The project also includes pipelines that will be routed through West Delta 143C, the recently installed shallow water platform.
The Olympus TLP is expected to start production in 2014, producing at a rate of 100k boe.
Shell took final investment decision on the Mars-B development, including the new tension leg platform (TLP) called Olympus, in September 2010.
Discovered in 1989 and brought onto production in 1996, the Mars Field is seen one of the largest resource basins in the Gulf of Mexico. The site for the Olympus TLP, known as the Mars B development, is located about 130-miles south of New Orleans in the Mississippi Canyon.
See below a video of the Olympus sail away ceremony: