Watching the World: TLP shopping

At this time of the year in much of the world, thoughts turn to holiday gift-giving. But what to give the oilman (or oilwoman) who has everything?The answer could be sitting in the North Sea with an undisclosed price tag. It is a piece of offshore history and could have several new uses: the Hutton tension leg platform.Conoco Inc. installed the Hutton TLP in 1984. This was the first commercial use of TLP technology for an offshore platform, and the TLP was constructed with a robust and conservative design. Production peaked at 120,000 bo/d in 1986, and Kerr-McGee North Sea UK Ltd., at that time Oryx Ltd., took over operatorship in 1994.The TLP is described by Kerr-McGee as a "commercially...

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