Production starts on Gulf of Mexico's newest TLP

The Brutus TLP is 3,250 ft high, from the seafloor to the crown block of the drilling rig and is located in 2,985-ft of water (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageIn August, Shell Exploration & Production Co. (SEPCo) began oil and gas production from its 100%-owned Brutus tension leg platform (TLP), its fifth TLP in the Gulf of Mexico. Brutus is in 2,985 ft of water in Green Canyon Block 158. SEPCo says Brutus, an eight-slot TLP, is its first deepwater platform to be specifically designed to serve as a hub for future subsea developments in the surrounding area, although several of its platforms have been previously retrofitted to serve as hubs.Matthias Bichsel, director deepwater service...

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