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Argos platform arrives in Texas for BP's Mad Dog 2 project

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The Argos platform has arrived in the US after safely completing a 16 000-mile journey from South Korea to the Kiewit Offshore Services fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas.

Once online at BP's US$9 billion Mad Dog 2 project, Argos, a semi-submersible, floating production platform, will be the company’s fifth operated platform in the Gulf of Mexico – and the first new platform since Thunder Horse began production in 2008. It will provide an estimated 25% increase in production capacity in the region.

Gordon Birrell, executive vice president, production & operations, said"This is a major step towards the delivery of one of BP's most significant projects in recent years. When Argos is fully in place, Mad Dog 2 will be set to deliver resilient barrels from one of the most prolific basins in the world, strengthening our position in the Gulf for years to come."

Construction of the 60 000-t platform – with a deck the length and width of an American football field – began in March 2018 at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. It was transported to Texas over the past 60+ days onboard the Boskalis BOKA Vanguard heavy transport vessel. While in Texas, Argos will undergo final preparatory work and regulatory inspections before heading offshore.

Starlee Sykes, senior vice president, Gulf of Mexico & Canada, said: “This project illustrates the innovative and collaborative spirit of BP at its best. Our team consistently puts safety at the heart of everything we do, and the work on Argos has been no exception – notably throughout a global pandemic. We continue to successfully deliver world class projects, and I could not be prouder of everyone who has played a part in achieving this exciting milestone.”

Following work at Kiewit, Argos will be towed to its offshore home in the Gulf of Mexico, and will be installed about six miles from the original Mad Dog spar, about 190 miles south of New Orleans, where it will operate in 4500 ft of water.

At peak, the facility will produce up to 140 000 boe/d through a subsea production system from 14 production wells. It will be connected to and export oil and gas through nearby existing pipeline infrastructure. Reserves recovery will be boosted by injecting 140 000 bpd of processed seawater into the reservoir through water injection wells, adopting BP’s LoSal ® Enhanced Oil Recovery technology.

Start-up of Mad Dog 2 is projected for 2Q22.

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