MMS okays FPSO use in Gulf of Mexico

nullThe US Minerals Management Service has approved the use of floating production, storage, and offloading systems in the central and western Gulf of Mexico. The oil industry has sought to use FPSOs as it moves to develop fields in deeper areas of the gulf, generally beyond 650 ft (OGJ Online, Feb. 9, 2001). The MMS decision was published in the Dec. 31 Federal Register. MMS, in record of decision on an environmental impact statement for FPSOs, said it "found no compelling environmental reason why development and production plans proposing to use this method of production should not be submitted by the oil and gas industry for evaluation by the agency." It noted that the EIS found that F...

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