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Photo of the Week: Completion of the Shell "Olympus Hull" - Corpus Christi, Texas

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Photos below showing the "completed version" of the hull brought into Corpus Christi by General Steamship in January 2013 with the Dockwise heavylift vessel "Blue Marlin". Topsides and equipments were installed at the Kiewit Offshore Service Yard in Ingleside, TX. The Olympus TLP has been installed at the Mars Field in approximately 914 meters (3,000 feet) of water depth in the Gulf of Mexico (Offshore Louisiana). Please see the related article here.

The rig is designed to produce upwards of 100,000 bbls per day and is jointly owned by Shell (71.5%) and BP (28.5%) The Mars field is one of the largest proven hydrocarbon reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and Shell estimates that it will produce to at least 2050.

Keywords: Vessel Name: Mars Field, Shell, Heavy Lift, Kiewit Offshore Service Yard, Blue Marlin, BP

Rig as of January 2013: Olympus Shell Hull

Rig as of July 2013: Olympus Shell Hull 2

Photo Taken July 2013: Olympus Shell Hull 3

Photo Taken July 2013 with Corpus Christi in the Background: Olympus Shell Hull 4

Photos provided by Carlos Garcia, General Steamship - Corpus Christi, Texas - Approx. 07/16/13