Shell's Mars TLP after hurricane Katrina
The Mars Tension-leg Platform, or Mars Platform, is a permanent, offshore drilling and production tension-leg oil platform operating at Mississippi Canyon block 807 in the Gulf of Mexico. At 990.6 m (3,250 ft), it was for period of time the world's tallest structure, measured from its base on the seabed to the top of its tower but is now the fifth tallest structure, the Magnolia Tension-Leg Platform currently holding the record. The Mars platform is positioned in a water depth of 896 m (2940 ft) of water and is designed to produce 220,000 barrels of oil and 220 million cubic feet of gas a day.
The platform is a joint venture between Shell Oil Company and BP, with Shell owning the majority share.
In 2005, the platform was badly damaged when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf of Mexico.
Picture added on 01 November 2006