Louisiana-bound Argos makes pit stop in Corpus Christi

(Courtesy BP) BP's Thunder Horse platform

The longest leg of a 15,000-mile journey for BP’s massive floating production unit, Argos, ended last week when the 60,000-ton structure docked at Kiewit Offshore Services in Corpus Christi, Texas, reports Caller Times.

It’s here that the platform will undergo its final prep work before eventually being shipped to operate in 4,500 feet of water near New Orleans. The Argos will have the ability to produce 140,000 barrels of oil per day.

The Argos is expected to be a key cog in BP’s effort to produce oil from the Mad Dog Oil Field, a patch about 190 miles south of New Orleans that it discovered in May 1998. Production there began in 2005 with BP’s first platform, a facility capable of producing up to 80,000 barrels of oil and 60 million gross cubic feet of natural gas daily. See the full story.