Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Picture of the Day

Bullwinkle

This is the bottom part of the Bullwinkle oil production platform. To give you a notion of the scale, those things in the foreground are cars. It was the deepest "fixed leg" platform in the world, located in the Gulf of Mexico and owned by Shell. (There are deeper production platforms and ships, but they unlike Bullwinkle, they aren't buildings coming up from the bottom of the ocean. They may be fixed to the bottom with cables or be free-floating and held in place with stabilizing motors.)

According to the Chronicle's energy blog, the current owner of Bullwinkle, Superior Energy Services, is planning to decommission Bullwinkle.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Victor said...

This is the big story in the gulf. The comeback of shallow water. Just deeper this time.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/energy/6810361.html

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very rad picture. I wonder what that channel is? The cut out of Freeport/Surfside Beach? But where is the jetty? Did all those cars show up just for the platform passage? Texans *sigh*.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure where it is, Sabine Pass, maybe, but it is for sure not Freeport. I think I would have noticed it in the harbor, number one, and number two - you can't see Surfside or Quintana. And you would, from that angle.

jdallen

6:15 AM  
Blogger Robert Boyd said...

I don't know where that picture was taken, but I know roughly when--1987. Maybe that will help identify where?

6:29 AM  

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