Posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:45 am by Zain Shauk
INGLESIDE — Of the towering oil platforms under construction along the Texas coast, one stands out because it can’t yet stand.
It’s a 23,000-ton cylindrical column the length of two football fields, and it must remain on its side at a noisy construction yard here until it is towed into place in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico and hoisted upright. The steel hull is too big to handle any other way.
On a recent weekday, workers welded finishing touches to the 605-foot, 110-foot-diameter structure, a critical component to one of the several new platforms being completed in Ingleside to reach oil reserves in ever deeper and more challenging locations...
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