Thunder Horse development includes world’s largest PDQ semi

April 2005 saw the loadout of the production-drilling-quarters (PDQ) semisubmersible platform for the BP PLC operated Thunder Horse field in the Gulf of Mexico. BP says the PDQ is the largest in the world, weighing more than 50,000 tons.The PDQ is moored in 6,050 ft of water of Mississippi Canyon Block 778, about 150 miles southeast of New Orleans.BP with a 75% working interest operates the development. Its partner ExxonMobil Corp. holds the remaining interest.BP expects first oil in the second half of 2005.Facility designThe PDQ is designed to process 250,000 bo/d, 200 MMcfd of gas, and 140,000 b/d of produced water. The platform also is equipped for the injection of 200,000-300,000 bw/d...

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