BP said yesterday its 75%-owned Thunder Horse semisubmersible production platform in the Gulf of Mexico was now stable but it had still to find out the cause of the incident which initially made it list as much as 30 degrees.
A statement from BP, the US Coast Guard and US Minerals Management Service said they were continuing to respond to the platform incident, which was discovered on Monday.
This followed the return of the crew to the rig after it was evacuated three days earlier because of the approach of Hurricane Dennis. They said pumping operations had been under way since Wednesday, the platform had risen, and was stable.
It is due to start production towards the end of this year and pump 250,000 barrels of oil per day plus large quantities of gas at peak output, but is not yet connected to its subsea wells.
BP said the weather in the area was still calm but, in the expectation it would deteriorate as tropical storm Emily crosses the Gulf, it contracted vessel-recovery and towing expert Smit to take the lead in making the rig seaworthy and storm-safe.
Source: The Press & Journal