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The Thunderhorse oil platform is located in the Gulf of Mexico on the Thunder Horse oil field 150 miles southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. The largest offshore installation of its kind, Thunderhorse is a semi-submersible Production/Drilling/Quarters (PDQ) facility, with the power to produce 250,000 b/d of oil, and 200 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of gas. First oil was achieved in 2008, and ramp up to facility capacity was successfully achieved within the first year of operation.
The Mad Dog oil platform is located in 4,500 feet of water 190 miles south of New Orleans. The Mad Dog oil field was discovered in May of 1998 and became operational in 2005. Mad Dog has the capacity to produce up to 80,000 barrels of oil and 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. It is owned by BHP Billiton, Chevron Corporation and BP, who is also the operator.
Discovered by BP in 1999, the Holstein oil platform sits in roughly 4,300 feet of water and is the largest of its kind in the world. In 2003, BP began production from the Holstein development, and at peak production was expected to produce more than 100,000 barrels of oil and 90 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. Owned jointly by BP and Shell, the Holstein oil platform is located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, approximately 100 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Discovered in December 2009, the Lucius oil platform is the largest spar built by Anadarko Petroleum to-date, with a capacity to produce 80,000 BOPD and 450 MMCF/D and is located in 7,100 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The hull of Lucius was built in Finland and made its maiden voyage to Ingleside, TX on April 30, 2013 and arrived to port on May 26, 2013. Lucius has an 18” oil export pipeline and 100 miles of new pipeline to be installed. Currently, Lucius has 20” gas export pipelines and 230 miles of pipeline are set to be installed – first oil is expected in the second half of 2014.
The spar is operated by Anadarko, which holds a 27.8% interest, along with Freeport McMoRan (23.331% interest), ExxonMobil (15.0%), Apache (11.669%), Petrobras (9.6%), INPEX (7.2%) and Eni (5.4%)
Operating in more than 7,000 feet of water, the Atlantis oil platform can produce approximately 200,000 barrels of oil and 180 million cubic feet of gas per day. The Atlantis PQ (production facility with living quarters) is a BP & BHP Billiton joint venture semi-submersible oil platform located over the Green Canyon Atlantis Oil Field in the Gulf of Mexico, 190 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Operating in depths of more than 6,900 feet, Atlantis was the deepest anchored semi-submersible platform in the world when it was installed.
Anchored in approximately 6,300 feet of water, the Na Kika oil platform host facility currently services eight separate fields, and has the capacity to accept production from additional fields. Originally, Na Kika was host to only five oil fields and first oil was reached in November 2003. Located on the Mississippi Canyon 140 miles southeast of New Orleans, Na Kika was developed as a hub and is one of the more fruitful producers in the region. Owned jointly by BP and Shell, Na Kika was the first semi-submersible for BP and was the only semi-submersible in the Gulf of Mexico at the time of installation. Na Kika holds the title for the largest on-board oil storage facility in the gulf.