A TLP's tale

The Hutton tension leg platform was in the news again early this month, following its sale by Kerr-McGee North Sea (UK) Ltd., a unit of Kerr-McGee Corp., Oklahoma City, to Monitor TLP Ltd. for $29 million, net to Kerr-McGee (OGJ Online, Sept. 6, 2002).The TLP's sale and removal from Hutton field in the North Sea received relatively little notice from either the media or the offshore industry. But 20 years ago, reporters in both the trade and general media were using an ocean of ink to tell a fascinated industry about the innovative design of the Hutton TLP, the first of a new kind of offshore platform that shattered all previous concepts.Newest technologyThe Hutton TLP, pioneered by C...

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