Gulf project advances deepwater pipeline technologies

The Mardi Gras transportation system, operated by BP America Inc. and under construction in the Gulf of Mexico, is setting new standards for deepwater pipeline design and construction. Click here to enlarge imageAbout 200 miles of the 485-mile system pipeline have been laid (Fig. 1). This includes the portion of the Okeanos pipeline laid by Shell Pipeline Co. LP from the Na Kika platform to the booster platform on Main Pass Block 260.The first leg of the system to come on stream will be the Okeanos gas gathering system, slated for start-up in late 2003. This will be followed by the Caesar oil and Cleopatra gas lines in 2004, and the Proteus and Endymion oil pipelines the following year.T...

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