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Shell's Mars TLP after hurricane Katrina
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No: 89   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 2005
Shell's Mars TLP after hurricane Katrina

Click to ViewThe 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
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Where did the Derrick go!!! Glad I wasnt on that one!!

Added by Anon on 03 March 2008.
I was working on this platform with GIS contractors as a pipefitter. I think the devil was there.

Added by Eduardo Alonso on 30 May 2009.
I hope & pray it doesn't happen again! My husband is leaving tomorrow to this platform!

Added by Anon on 07 February 2010.
I'm currently working on this platform and the derrick is 3000 ft under water about 100 ft north of the platform...WOW!!

Added by Anon on 22 July 2010.
I worked on that platform several times before hurricane Katrina and landed on it since it was repaired.

Added by Charles LaCoste Tetra Technologies on 24 November 2010.
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