The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Trip to Perdido

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 15, 2010

A few days ago, Shell's new oil platform Perdido began producing "first oil" in the Gulf of Mexico. To get a better understanding of the technology and engineering required to produce oil from the deep waters of the Gulf, take a look at this video.

Oil companies spend millions of dollars every day to produce the oil and natural gas that power the U.S. economy. Perdido illustrates the expertise, environmental care, and investment that keeps America moving.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.