Postwar Plunge:

1946: Not long after the Allies declared victory, Magnolia Petroleum declared “Drill!” in the Gulf of Mexico, and the world’s post-war offshore exploratory boom was on.

173 x 77 ft: The Magnolia platform was just a little larger than a typical boat dock.

18 ft: The rig drilled at a water depth of just 18 feet – not much deeper than a competitive diving pool.

Modern Mission:

2015: The same year NASA found evidence of water on Mars, ExxonMobil started production where it found evidence of oil and gas — in the ultra-deep Hadrian South field in the Gulf of Mexico.

230 miles: The Deepwater Champion is approximately 11.5 times farther offshore than the Magnolia platform. Not swimmable by most of us.

752 ft x 118 ft: Forget party dock: At this size, more than 200 people not only fit on the Deepwater Champion, but actually live and work onboard!

7,600 ft: The Deepwater Champion uses telemetry and global positioning to drill in water that is deeper than seven Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other

At 7,600 ft, the water pressure is 3,300 pounds per square inch (psi), compared to 14.5 psi at sea level. For frame of reference, the average scuba diver becomes incapacitated at 250 feet of depth.

300 million: The estimated number of cubic feet of daily gross production of gas from the Hadrian South field. That’s enough to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 1.5 million U.S. households!



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