The 60,000-tonne Argos platform arrives in Texas
After an epic journey during which it travelled 16,000 miles over the course of 60+ days from South Korea, Argos ̶ the centerpiece of bp’s $9 billion Mad Dog 2 project in the US Gulf of Mexico ̶ has docked at the Kiewit Offshore Services fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas.
The arrival of the new floating production unit (FPU), transported onboard the Boskalis BOKA Vanguard heavy transport vessel, marks a major milestone towards the completion of Mad Dog 2. At peak, Argos is expected to produce up to 140,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) through a subsea production system from up to 14 production wells. This will boost bp’s production capacity in the region by an estimated 25%.
The Mad Dog 2 project demonstrates bp’s commitment to resilient, focused hydrocarbons – an essential component of its strategy to transform into an integrated energy company. bp aims to access and deliver new barrels at lower cost and in rapid time by focusing on the basins it knows best.
Follow the journey in pictures.
Aerial view of Argos of it sets sail from South Korea following construction at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard
Coming into view as the platform approaches Corpus Christi Bay on the Texas coast
Argos is expected to support about 800 jobs during the work in Ingleside and about 250 jobs once in operation
The massive platform dwarfs onlookers at it makes it way down the La Quinta Channel
Finally dockside at Kiewit Offshore Services fabrication yard, where it undergoes final preparatory work and regulatory inspections before heading off...
Watch the final stages of Argos’s epic journey
The 105-foot caisson towers over workers at the Dakar fabrication yard where it was constructed
The first of 21 vast concrete caissons for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in West Africa has sailed away from Dakar Harbour to offshore Goree Island, where it will be moored before being transported to the project’s hub terminal site later this summer.
The GTA gas field, located around 120 kilometres offshore on the maritime border between Mauritania and Senegal, is forecast to play a role in generating revenue and contributing to domestic energy supply in the countries. The field, being developed by bp and partners, has an estimated capacity of 15 trillion cubic feet of gas.
See how the mammoth task was undertaken.
The caisson is slowly moved into position on the barge
The loaded caisson ready for departure
Once in position off Goree Island, the caisson is submerged in its temporary location
It will take approximately nine months to offload, transport and install all 21 caissons and lay the foundation of the breakwater
Watch the journey out to sea
A caisson is a watertight retaining structure made of reinforced concrete and steel that is used to provide rigidity and stability to a marine structure.
The 21 caissons for the GTA Phase 1 project – the deepest subsea infrastructure project in Africa – will together form a 1.2-kilometre offshore breakwater designed to shelter the nearshore hub and terminal from prevailing weather and ocean conditions. The marine infrastructure will comprise a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.
Each caisson is 54.5 metres (179 feet) long, 28 metres (92 feet) wide and 32 metres (105 feet) high. After being towed from Dakar Harbour to the operation site, the caissons will be ballasted down on a foundation of rocks and filled with dredged sand. All 21 will knit together to form the protective breakwater.
In 2020, bp undertook a massive upgrade at our Flat Ridge 1 wind farm in Kansas, US. In total, 19 new Vestas turbines were fitted, which are estimated to increase our clean, renewable energy production at Flat Ridge by 20-25%. Each 2.2-megawatt turbine stands 80 metres tall and weighs 130 tons, so installing them required a huge crane, careful teamwork and a strong focus on safety from the logistics team. Here are some pictures showing the project in progress:
In October 2020, a major maintenance turnaround, or TAR, started at our Gelsenkirchen refinery in Germany. During the turnaround, a new high-pressure separator for the hydrocracker (which separates feedstock into liquid and gaseous components) was installed. The film below shows the 13-metre-high, 140-ton piece of equipment being lowered into position at the Scholven plant – an extremely complex and delicate procedure requiring a skilled team.
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