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BP Thunder Horse Platform (Gulf of Mexico)

In the year of its discovery in July 1999, Thunder Horse was the largest deep-water producing field in BP’s portfolio. Consisting of two neighbouring fields ('north' and 'south') being developed together, the wells required to access the reservoir were some of the deepest and most challenging in the Gulf of Mexico.

Weighing in at over 59,000 tons, the Thunder Horse semi-submersible Production, Drilling and Quarters (PDQ) facility is still among the largest platforms of its kind in the world. Five decks stretch 15 stories above the water's surface. Jet engines that typically would be found on an airliner drive five turbines to power the facility - enough electricity for 80,000 homes onshore.

Located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans, the facility has the capacity to produce 250,000 barrels of oil per day and 200 mmscfd of natural gas. Once processed, the oil & gas is then transported to shore via BP operated pipeline systems.

The Thunder Horse platform was fraught with problems from the very beginning - in fact long before it was ever shipped out to sea. Originally named “Crazy Horse" in 2002, Bps claim was that this was a tribute to the American rock band of the same name who, at one time, were famously associated with Neil Young. However this name attracted the attention of a large number of descendants of a similarly named Lakota Sioux warrior and spiritual leader. Their Native American traditions considered it sacrilegious to use this name in a nonspiritual context and those responsible made the decision to both apologise in person to the South Dakota reservation concerned, and rename the project.

A number of critical system and equipment failures were the cause of further delays to operations. Thunder Horse was then dealt a severe blow when 'Hurricane Dennis' swept through the U.S. Gulf, resulting in the platform listing more than 30 degrees and postponing production to 2006.

First Oil was achieved in June 2008 however and ramp up to full facility capacity was successfully achieved within the first year of operation.

BP operates the development (75% interest), with co-owner Exxon Mobil owning the balance.

Over the past 20 years, BP has been the most successful explorer in the GoM, discovering more reserves than any of its competitors since 1993. BP is the largest leaseholder in the deep-water with ownership in more than 650 blocks in water depths of 1,300 feet or greater.

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From our established offices in Houston, New Orleans, Midland, Calgary, St Johns, Anchorage and Rio we provide candidate sourcing, placement and payroll services to the BP Thunder Horse Platform and to many other major in-country projects. Use the links below to see all of our latest vacancies in the region OR to find out how to contact an Orion Americas office near you.

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