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Video Update: Topping Off Anadarko’s Lucius Production Platform

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 11, 2014

Last summer we published this post on the construction of Anadarko Petroleum’s Lucius spar that would support the company’s newest Gulf of Mexico production platform. A few months later we added this one, featuring three video clips of the spar being towed to sea and positioned in the Gulf, about 275 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

Now check out the new video below, showing Lucius’ 10,000-ton topsides – the production decks, living quarters and other features – being installed recently on the truss spar as it floats in approximately 5,300 feet of water:

As noted in the first Lucius post, this overall project is simply an engineering marvel – topped, literally, by the precise nesting of the production platform on the floating spar. Lucius will be home to 15 to 20 permanent workers and will have a processing capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil and 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Production is expected to start later this year. 


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.