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the 24 wells at Mars B, as well as the West
Boreas and South Diemos satellite wells. The
Noble Bully I features a multi-purpose tower,
and is more fuel effcient than older units.
This brought a fuel savings of 20 to 30%, and
helped to lower emissions in the process.
Shell was able to lower its costs on the
Mars B project through standardization and
repeatability. For example, using software
to model lifting activities enabled the company to make those actions more safe and
effcient. Enterprise frame agreements with
key suppliers were also an important part of
this effort, since they helped to streamline
the global supply chain.
Shell made use of standardized components to ensure that subsea trees were ready
when the rig was available for work. Shell
also developed a “standardized kit” which
enabled global suppliers to make sure that
they met the company’s specifcation needs.
Integration was a key to the success of the
project, and this included integration of the
topsides and other surface facilities, drilling
and production equipment, and subsea components.
Another key was the global supply chain.
For Mars B, Shell depended upon engineer-
ing frms, and service and supply companies
from South Korea, Europe, and the US Gulf
Coast. In all, some 20,000 people contribut-
ed to the work on Mars B.
The hull of the TLP was constructed by
Samsung Heavy Industries, while the fabrication and installation of the topsides were
performed by Kiewit Offshore Services.
The hull was completed in November 2012
and transported from the construction yard
in South Korea to Ingleside, Texas, in June
2013, using Dockwise’ Blue Marlin semisubmersible heavy-lift ship.
The shifting of the platform from Ingleside to the project site was carried out in
July 2013 using Crowley’s four ocean-class
tugboats Ocean Wind, Ocean Wave, Ocean
Sky and Ocean Sun, as well as its contracted
offshore tugboat Harvey War Horse II. Heerema’s Balder deepwater construction vessel
was also involved in the installation of the
Engineering and design works, including
assistance during commissioning and start-up of the TLP, were provided by William Jacob Management. The certifed verifcation
agent (CVA) for the TLP was ABS.
Broadmoor constructed the living quar-
ters of the platform in collaboration with Hi-
Tech Electric. The marine instrumentation
system for the TLP was supplied by BMT
Scientifc Marine Services. A corrosion-re-
sistant rotational lining solution for the cais-
sons was provided by RMB Products.
The structural design of the living quarters and structural and piping design of the
drilling module were provided by T-REX.
The company also rendered engineering assistance for the load-out and transportation
of the drilling module.
Up to 80 mi of 16 and 18-in. oil and gas
pipelines were coated by The Bayou Companies, a subsidiary of Aegion Corporation.
The WD-143C platform was fabricated by
Dril-Quip was contracted to supply the
subsea wellhead equipment, production
riser tieback connectors and drilling riser
components for the project. Cortec Manifold Systems provided the compact ball and
Some 192 people will live and work in the
four-story living quarters of the TLP, which
features kitchens, ftness rooms, control
rooms and an on-site medical facility. Production is expected to ramp up to 100,000
boe/d by 2016. Shell serves as the operator
of the project with a 71.5% ownership, with
BP owning the remaining 28.5%. •