BP’s massive Argos platform arrived at its final location in the Gulf of Mexico in the United States after a trip from the Ingleside shipyard in Texas.

BP shared the video of the Argos, the company’s fifth-largest rig in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving Texas and arriving safely at its offshore home. Major Oil said in the video that the rig’s towing operation began in September 2021.

It was a long-awaited moment for the 60,000 tonne Argos platform. Its construction began in March 2018.

The floating production unit, built for the $ 9 billion Mad Dog 2 project in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico by Samsung Heavy, left South Korea for Texas in February 2021.

Over 15 million man hours went into manufacturing the Argos FPU at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard and its enormous size is simply underlined by the fact that the length and width of the bridge is the same as a football field.

Her 16,000 mile voyage from South Korea to Texas, the massive Argos platform, was aboard Boskalis’ semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Boka Vanguard. At Ingleside, the Argos platform had to undergo final preparations and regulatory inspections before starting its offshore voyage.

Today, the Argos FPU is located at its offshore base in the Gulf of Mexico, where it awaits installation approximately six miles from the original Mad Dog spar located approximately 190 miles south of New Orleans. Argos will operate in 4,500 feet of water.

According to BP statistics, the facility will produce up to 140,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day at its peak via an underwater production system from 14 production wells. It will export oil and gas through already existing pipeline infrastructure.

BP previously hoped to start production from the Argos at the end of 2021. Currently, the oil major believes it will start production in the second quarter of 2022.

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