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BP Thunder Horse TLP
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No: 103   Contributor: BP   Companies: BP   Year: 2005   Country: USA
BP Thunder Horse TLP

Another view of the Thunder Horse can be seen in picture #94.

When built the Thunder Horse semi-submersible drilling and production facility was about 50 percent larger than the next largest floating semi-submersible rig in the world. It can process 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day – enough energy to provide for 6.5 million American homes. It cost around $5 billion.

The Thunder Horse area, which is 150 miles offshore of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, has the potential to produce approximately 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent over the life of the field, making it the largest discovery in the gulf to date.

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Picture added on 06 November 2006
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Added by Smee on 29 June 2007.
This is not a TLP. It has catenary moorings.

Added by Craig Lang on 04 November 2008.
Hull Description

Lightship weight 75, 000 metric tons
Dry Transport weight 59, 500 metric tons
Hull Displacement 129, 000 metric tons
Mooring 16 x 5 ¾" wire rope & chain with suction pile
Main Deck 112 x 136 m
Normal Draft 30 m
Column Dimensions 2 @ 22 x 26 m.; 2 @ 22 x 23 m by 36 m. height
Pontoon Height 11.5 m
Deck Freeboard 17.5 m
Discovery Announced July 15, 1999
First Oil 2005

Thunder Horse

Added by Craig Lang on 04 November 2008.
This four column ring pontoon design was introduced by Seaways Engineering in 1987;called the MPSS. The development was supported by Conoco and Texas Eastern. Consultants were Glasgow University, W.S. Atkins and Aberdeen University. Further information can be obtained at USA 760 721 7035.

Added by Craig Lang on 06 December 2009.
How many daily men and women occupy this rig? I worked on the DD2.

Added by Jerry Williams on 03 June 2010.
It is a semi-submersible built by Daewoo in South Korea, and is located in Mississippi Canyon block 778, south east of New Orleans, not Texas.
N28°11' W88°29'

Added by Jason Nicholas on 01 April 2013.
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