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The Petronius Platform is a deepwater oil platform operated by ChevronTexaco and Marathon Oil in the Gulf of Mexico, 210 km Southeast of New Orleans. Petronius Platform Courtesy Chevron-Texaco This work is copyrighted. ... An oil platform is a large structure used to house workers and machinery needed to drill and then produce oil and natural gas in the ocean. ... ChevronTexaco Corporation ( NYSE: CVX) is one of the worlds largest global energy companies. ... Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), based in Houston, Texas, is a worldwide oil and natural gas exploration and production company. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...

A compliant piled tower design, it is 610 meters (2,001 feet) high, the tallest free-standing structure in the world (when including underwater structures -- otherwise it would be Canada's CN Tower). The multi-deck topsides are 64 meters by 43 meters by 18.3 meters high and hold 21 well slots, the entire structure weighs around 43,000 tons. Around 8,000 m³ (50,000 barrels) of oil and 2,000,000 m³ (70 million cubic feet) of natural gas are extracted daily by the rig. The metre, or meter (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... CN Tower as seen from Lake Ontario The CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world, at 553. ... Oil is a generic term for organic liquids that are not miscible with water. ... Natural gas (commonly referred to as gas in many countries, but note that gas is also an American and Canadian shortening of gasoline) is a gaseous fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane. ...

The platform is situated to exploit the Petronius field, discovered in 1995 in Viosca Knoll and named after Petronius, the Roman philosopher. The seabed is 535 m (1,754 feet) below the platform. The compliant tower design is more flexible than conventional land structures to cope better with sea forces. It can deflect in excess of 2% of height. Most buildings are kept to within 0.5% of height in order to have occupants not feel uneasy during periods of movement. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Roman author Petronius. ... The seabed is the bottom of the ocean. ...

Construction was begun in 1997 by J Ray McDermott with the seabed mooring system. The contract for the platform was budgeted at $200 million with total costs of around $500 million. The 4,000-ton North Module was installed in November 1998, but the attempt to install the slightly lighter South Module in December of that year ended with the unit on the seabed. A replacement module was built and installed in May 2000. 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An illustration of a mooring A mooring (also moorage) strictly speaking, refers to any device used to hold secure an object by means of cables, anchors, or lines though most often it is specifically a device to which a boat can attach so that it can remain in the same... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Look up May in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

When built, the Burj Dubai, presently slated for completion in 2008, might surpass this as the tallest free standing structure on the earth. The Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي for Tower of Dubai) is a skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will a Leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world Ostankino Tower in Moscow has been the tallest free-standing structure in Eurasia since 1967. ... An oil platform is a large structure used to house workers and machinery needed to drill and then produce oil and natural gas in the ocean. ...

External links

  • Press release from ChevronTexaco (May 4, 2000)
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PETRONIUS OIL PLATFORM, Gulf of Mexico - Standing 60 feet above sea level on this oil platform 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, Rab Bruce pointed to where the huge wave slammed into a tangle of grated steel and multicolor pipes.
The platform, one of BP's top projects for the decade, was found tilting at a 20-degree angle after the passage of the storm.
The platform, which produces 42,000 barrels of oil a day, is the world's tallest self-supported structure, higher than the Sears Tower or two Eiffel towers on top of each other.
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