In November 2013, Chevron‘s Jack/St. Malo floating production unit (FPU), the largest semisubmersible in the Gulf of Mexico, was towed from Ingleside, Texas, and moored 250 miles offshore in 7,000′ of water. The FPU, with a design capacity of 170,000 bbls. of oil and 42.5 million cu. ft. of natural gas per day, will produce from two fields located over 25 miles apart and from reservoirs more than 26,000’ deep. First oil achieved from Jack/St. Malo was in December 2014. Chevron’s goal is 3.1 million bpd by 2017.
About the author
David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.