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Video Update: Topping Off Anadarko’s Lucius Production Platform

offshore platforms  oil and natural gas development  gulf of mexico  production 

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.

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Gulf Lease Auction Points to Our Offshore Potential

offshore leases  offshore development  outer continental shelf  gulf of mexico  eastern gulf of mexico  atlantic ocs  job creation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 19, 2014

This week’s central Gulf of Mexico lease auction, which saw oil and natural gas companies pledge more than $850 million in winning amounts, certainly helps support the United States’ status as an energy superpower. Developing more of our own oil and natural gas – and this week’s auction is a big step toward production – makes our country more energy secure, creates jobs and boosts the U.S. in global energy marketplace.

The potential benefits from future energy production from this week’s auctioned leases – jobs, economic growth and revenue for government – also suggest a couple of “what ifs”: What if the federal government included the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in its next five-year leasing plan, the first step toward development in those areas? What if the U.S. opened more of the eastern Gulf to exploration and development?

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A Reminder of Jobs in Limbo

gulf coast  keystone xl pipeline  job creation  oil sands  canada 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 10, 2013

Saw the tweet from energy author/scholar Daniel Yergin on the startup of TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Pipeline, linking the crude oil hub in Cushing, Okla., with refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Certainly, the shot of President Obama standing in front of stacks of steel pipe last year is a reminder that he went to Oklahoma to illustrate his administration’s support for the 485-mile project.

Yet, commercial startup of the project also reminds that the Gulf Coast Pipeline is part of the larger Keystone XL project, which would allow more Canadian oil sands to be delivered to U.S. refiners. The Keystone XL’s northern portion remains on the drawing board and workers idle on the sidelines after more than five years of federal review.

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Video Update: Anadarko's Lucius Spar Positioned in Gulf

technology innovation  gulf energy production  offshore drilling  oil and natural gas  energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 28, 2013

This summer we posted on Anadarko’s Lucius spar, the 605-foot-long steel tube that would support the company’s newest Gulf of Mexico production platform. Now Anadarko has released three videos of operations to tow the 23,000-ton spar 340 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, where it was erected in more than 7,000 feet of water and will be fitted with its topsides – the platform the company expects will begin producing oil the second half of next year. This is must-see video.

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A Plan for America’s Offshore Energy Future

offshore access  offshore development  american energy  Economy  jobs  gulf leases  revenue 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 22, 2013

Domestic oil and natural gas development is a key driver of America’s economy and global energy security, API’s director of upstream and industry operations Erik Milito told reporters yesterday. Access to offshore resources currently off-limits in the Atlantic, Pacific and Eastern Gulf of Mexico  could supply even more of the energy and jobs Americans need. Milito:

“Americans are eager to put more of our offshore energy resources to work. If exploration and development is allowed to safely expand to new areas, domestic oil and natural gas could provide more energy, jobs and government revenue than ever before.”

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America’s Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Surge and the Changing Global Energy Market

hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl  gulf coast  refineries  manufacturing  lng  Economy 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 27, 2013

Fracking is Helping U.S. Produce More of Its Own Energy

Fact Tank: Though many Americans apparently don’t realize it, the U.S. is producing considerably more of its own energy. Last year the U.S. generated a record 79.1 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) domestically, nearly 14% more energy than in 2005, largely due to increased production of oil and natural gas.

And with the ongoing boom in “unconventional” oil and gas production, the nation is on track to produce even more energy this year. 

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/175nsA7

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Anadarko's Lucius: Tapping a 'World-Class Reservoir'

Offshore Production  offshore drilling rig  offshore drilling in gulf 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 22, 2013

Think of Anadarko Petroleum’s Lucius spar, the steel tube that will support the company’s newest Gulf of Mexico production platform, as a soda can floating in the ocean. A 23,000-ton soda can.

Company officials showed off the spar earlier this month at Kiewit Offshore Service’s fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas, across the bay from Corpus Christi. 

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Energy Today – May 8, 2013

emissions  epa  exports  gulf  hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl pipeline  lng 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 8, 2013

The AdvocateOur Views: Riches Await in the Gulf

The Baton Rouge, La., paper touts the energy potential in the Gulf of Mexico after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent visit to an offshore rig there. The editorial backs Jewell’s statement that “maintaining the public’s trust in the safety and environmental performance of oil and gas production is critically important as we continue to tap into the Gulf’s abundant resource potential.” 

TribLIVEHow’s the Economy? Looking Up

Washington County, Pa., leads the greater Pittsburgh region in terms of economic development projects, energy production and job creation – thanks to natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing. 

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The New York Times is Wrong – Again, and Again, and Again

access  anwr  demand  domestic energy  energy policy  federal lands  gulf of mexico  keystone xl  liquid fuel  offshore drilling  onshore drilling  supply  taxes 

Kyle Isakower

Kyle Isakower
Posted August 27, 2012

Ridiculing a New York Times editorial blog is like shooting unusually large fish in a barrel, but this one from last Friday is so fantastical and extreme that a commitment to an honest debate on energy compels me to fire away.  And we don’t have to go far to start the fact check, as they lead with:

"The simple truth, as President Obama has recognized, is that a country that holds less than 3 percent of the world’s reserves but consumes more than 20 percent of the world’s supply cannot drill its way to energy independence."

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