DRILLING TEMPLATE ACCURATELY LEVELED WITH PILE-SUPPORTED SYSTEM
A drilling template for BP Exploration Inc.'s Pompano field was set to within 0.015 of level in Viosca Knoll Block 989 offshore Louisiana. The 28-slot, 285-ton template was installed in 1,290 ft of water. The typical tolerance for a template setting is 0.25 of level. This accuracy ensures that the docking piles will function properly when the jacket is installed and prevents problems with misalignment of drilling and tieback equipment.