A Video Tour of Energy Production, Way Out There in the Gulf

By October 9, 2008Energy

Worthwhile video tour of Shell’s Brutus platform, 165 miles SW of Louisiana, by Margot Gerritsen, an engineering professor at Stanford University, who blogs at Smart Energy.

From “A Tour of Brutus, Shell’s off-shore tension leg platform (TLP)“:

Brutus operates in around 3000 feet of water, and produces oil and gas from target zones between 12,500 and 17,500 feet below the seabed. We were invited by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to visit Brutus as part of a small group of bloggers. Unfortunately, Clay’s plane decided not to leave San Francisco and therefore he could not make it. This explains the shaky footage from time to time, all shot by yours truly with my handheld little Canon.

Brutus is a Tension-Leg Platform (TLP) that is tethered to the sea floor by tendons. The facility makes all its own power — generally from the natural gas it produces — and desalinates sea water for drinking.

Brutus began operation in 2001, and was designed with a maximum capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of gas per day. The current production is quite a bit less than that (the day before our visit production was around 30,000 barrels of oil), and Shell is investigating techniques to enhance production.

Good stuff is in the video, lots of detail and atmosphere.  The video, BTW, was just posted although the American Petroleum Institute sponsored the bloggers tour last November (different tour than one taken by Shopfloor.org). Gail at The Oil Drum had a nice report on Brutus, as well.


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