Shell installs world’s deepest production spar at Perdido

Shell Exploration & Production Co. launched the truss spar for the Perdido regional development on Aug. 8, 2008. After a 2½-day sail, it reached location at Alaminos Canyon Block 857, about 200 miles south of Freeport, Tex., about 8 miles north of the international maritime border with Mexico.The spar was upended and attached to three of nine mooring lines (Fig. 1). Otto Candies tugs pull the Perdido truss spar through the Aransas Pass jetties on Aug. 8, 2008, en route to Alaminos Canyon Block 857 (Fig. 1; photo from Shell).Click here to enlarge imageThe regional spar with DVA (direct vertical access) wells is moored in about 8,000 ft of water and will gather, process, and exp...

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