THE HAGUE, Netherlands --Shell Oil Co. has completed the largest single lift in US Gulf of Mexico history to install the 9,500-ton (8,618-metric ton) drilling and production platform atop its Perdido spar. At 8,000-ft (2,438 m) water depth, Perdido is the deepest such facility in the world.
Shell says commissioning and hookup required for first oil will take several months from this point. The facility is designed to ultimately handle 130,000 boe/d.
Shell is operator for partners BP and Chevron.