BHP Billiton’s Neptune platform sails out to gulf

BHP Billiton Petroleum Inc. launched the hull for the Neptune tension-leg platform (TLP) on May 19, 2007. After a 5-day sail it reached location at Green Canyon Block 613.J. Michael Yeager, BHP Billiton’s group president-energy, said “The Neptune sail away is an important milestone for BHP Billiton as it marks the beginning of installation for the company’s first operated standalone, deepwater production facility in the Gulf of Mexico.”The Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of becoming a very significant producing area for the company. In addition to Neptune, BHP Billiton has the Genghis Khan, Atlantis (nonoperated) and Shenzi projects in development in the Atwater fol...

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