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Auger Tension Leg Platform, Gulf of Mexico, Houston, 1994 OCEA
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The Deepest Oil and Gas Production Platform in the World

The Auger Tension Leg Platform (TLP) was, when completed, the deepest offshore production facility in the world and only the fourth TLP ever built and installed. The project required development of new technology (resulting in 8 new patents) and stretched existing technology to its limits to construct an oil and gas drilling and production facility that stands in 2,860 feet of water. Upon construction, the Auger TLP was the tallest man-made structure in the world, measuring 3,280 feet. Two of the largest tug boats in the world were used with tandem submersible barges to transfer the hull from land skidways to its floating configuration.


Development of the $1.2 billion dollar project included fabrication, installation, facilities, pipelines, development drilling, and incorporated contributions from over 900 separate vendors worldwide.  Domestically, over 3,000 people worked on the project. Approximately 80% of the $1.2 billion cost of the project was incorporated into the US economy. Oil and gas produced by Auger will continue to have a positive benefit on the United States over its life, reducing dependency on foreign oil and improving the balance of trade. Total economic benefit of the project is in the order of $4 billion dollars.  Multi-disciplinary collaboration over a six year design, fabrication, and installation period, marked by innovative engineering and project management developments, reduced costs from the budget for this project and were made available to enable engineers to benefit future deepwater projects.

Photo: Shell Oil Corp.

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