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The Atlantis oil field is the third largest oil field in the Gulf of Mexico. The field was discovered in 1998 and is located in US federal waters about 130 miles (210 km) from the coast of Louisiana in 6,500 feet (2,000 m) of water. It has estimated ultimate reserves of about 600 million barrels (95 million m³). The British energy company BP owns a 56% interest in the field in conjunction with BHP Billiton Petroleum Deepwater which owns a 44 percent interest.
 The field is expected to produce about 200,000 barrels (32,000 m³) of oil per day and 180 million cubic feet (5,100,000 m3) of gas per day starting in the second half of 2007.  The oil field was discovered in 1998 by the Ocean America semi-submersible, mobile drilling rig operating in a water depth of 1870 meters.
The Atlantis field has been developed with a semisubmersible production platform, designed by GVA and built by DSME, South Korea.
The subsea elements of the Atlantis field were designed and fabricated by PS Fabricators. It is one of the largest to undergo SIT (systems integration testing) on land, also at PS Fabricators SIT site. This includes positioning the components as they would be positioned subsea, pressure testing, pig testing, etc. The system itself is rigorously tested to ensure its safety subsea.
Originally posted by aravoth
So apparently this was the "Deepwater Horizon", which is a massive rig. And I'm thinking, that this was in the "Atlantis" oil field.
can anyone confirm this?
Originally posted by Bear Creek
Twice an Exxon Valdez spill worth of oil seeps into the Gulf of Mexico every year, according to a new study that will be presented January 27 at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Oil that finds its way to the surface from natural seeps gets broken down by bacteria and ends up as carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill persists in an only slightly weathered form below the surface at some beaches along the Gulf of Alaska after 16 years and may persist for decades, researchers have concluded in a new report...
Earlier research demonstrated that buried oil could retain toxic components for years if buried in anoxic (oxygen-depleted) sediments where little decomposition from weathering occurs. The new study identified a different mechanism in which oil can be preserved in sediments that do contain oxygen. The oil persists because it exists in a thick, emulsified form sometimes termed "oil mousse" that resists weathering.
Originally posted by aravoth
reply to post by zeropistons
Thank you for that info. I can't seem to find a source as to the size of the Mississippi Canyon feild. Is there an estimate on the amount of barrels in that area?
Originally posted by Komodo
INTRESTINGLY!!! just 12 hours ago.. we got this..
Alleged NASA ~affiliateed AST deciphers 'intelligence'
hmmm.. intrestingly enough.. it's just a coincedence..
Originally posted by DARIU5
reply to post by Komodo
My guess would be that he was saying that this was to draw attention away from the oil spill. Just as others have said the New York Car Bomb scare was as well.