Special Report: Thunder Horse tree undergoes system integration testing

FMC Technology Inc.'s Energy Systems unit, Houston, recently completed testing the first subsea tree for BP PLC's Thunder Horse development in the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Block 822. BP is operator and holds a 75% working interest in the field that lies in 5,600-6,500 ft of water.Thunder Horse is one of the fields that will be connected to BP's Mardi Gras transportation system, currently under construction. (An overview of the Mardi Gras system begins on p. 84.)FMC says the subsea system is designed for high pressure and temperature (HP/HT) service and is rated for 350° F. and 15,000 psi.As of April 2003, it says BP has ordered 18 subsea trees with the first to ...

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