Members of Congress Visit Thunder Horse Platform

May 15, 2017

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On May 11, five members of the United States Congress — Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Resident Commissioner-Puerto Rico) — visited BP’s Thunder Horse platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Hosted by Richard Morrison, BP’s Gulf of Mexico regional president, and Aleida Rios, BP’s vice president of operations for the gulf, the lawmakers took a tour of the platform, including the main control room, drill floor, operations center and blowout preventer. They also received a briefing about Thunder Horse’s production capacity and safety policies.

Following the tour and briefing, each member of Congress had lunch and met with BP employees from his or her region of the U.S.

“It’s always great for policymakers to get a firsthand look at offshore technology and meet the people who safely and reliably supply the energy America depends on,” said Morrison. “Thunder Horse epitomizes BP’s commitment to investing in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and we were honored to host the delegation. I know that our employees appreciated the opportunity to chat with the members over lunch.”

With a daily production capacity of 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of gas, Thunder Horse is the largest oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico. In January, BP announced that it had started up its Thunder Horse South Expansion project 11 months ahead of schedule and $150 million under budget. The project is expected to boost production at the facility by an estimated 50,000 gross barrels of oil equivalent per day.

All told, BP has been the largest energy investor in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico over the past decade, and in 2016 it sanctioned a new $9 billion project known as Mad Dog 2 — the region’s biggest investment in years. Mad Dog 2 will include a new floating production platform with the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day. The company expects production to begin in late 2021.

BP currently has four deepwater gulf production platforms — Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Na Kika and Mad Dog — and its deepwater gulf lease blocks cover an area larger than the state of Delaware.

On April 27, the company announced a major breakthrough in seismic imaging that has identified more than 200 million barrels of additional resources at its Atlantis field. The new technology could have the potential to open up nearly 1 billion barrels of oil in place at BP’s existing operated hubs in the gulf.