SHELL-BP PLANS TLP TO DEVELOP GIANT MARS FIELD IN GULF OF MEXICO

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.

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