Shell Oil Co. and partner BP Exploration Inc. will use a tension leg platform (TLP) in first phase development of giant Mars field about 130 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The 3,250 ft tall Mars TLP is to be installed in 1996 in 2,933 ft of water on Mississippi Canyon Block 807 by operator Shell. Upon installation, Mars TLP will set a water depth record in the gulf for a permanent drilling and production platform. Mars oil and gas is to begin flowing in fourth quarter 1996, increasing steadily to a peak of about 100,000 b/d of oil and 110 MMcfd of gas in 2000. Shell's current production in the Gulf of Mexico amounts to ...

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