Dwarfing all neighboring construction projects in Texas' Ingleside shipyard complex, and swarming with more than 750 workers, BP's Thunder Horse floating PDQ facility is readying for a first-quarter 2005 sailaway. The semisubmersible's home for the next 25 years or so will be in 6,050 ft (1,982 m) of water in Mississippi Canyon Block 778/882, about 150 miles (241 km) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It will be moored there by a 16-point pre-set spread of wire/chain mooring lines. With a displacement of 130,000 short tons, Thunder Horse...

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