New oil platforms rise high to reach deep

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:56 am by Zain Shauk in Gulf of Mexico, Offshore

INGLESIDE — The giants are visible from more than 20 miles away, rising like monuments from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

They are oil platforms under construction — huge structures of steel piping, cranes and heavy machinery on top of towering iron hulls. At least five massive vessels were being built at yards in Ingleside earlier this month, employing thousands amid a resurgence of activity aimed at oil riches in the Gulf.

Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Anadarko Petroleum and others are rushing to finish the platforms for duty tapping vast new oil frontiers in the sea’s deep waters.

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