blind faith heads home to gulf of mexico

When completed, Blind Faith will be Chevron’s deepest offshore producing facility.

When completed, Blind Faith will be Chevron's deepest offshore producing facility.

Chevron reached another capital project milestone this week when Blind Faith, one of the company's largest capital projects, sailed away from the Ingleside yard in Texas, and began its journey offshore. The deep draft, semi-submersible platform's permanent home will be 160 miles southeast of New Orleans in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Blind Faith's initial production is expected to be approximately 30,000 barrels of oil and 30 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Once it reaches its final destination in the Gulf of Mexico, Blind Faith will be Chevron's deepest offshore producing facility, moored in 6,500 feet of water with the production wells in 7,000 feet of water.

Blind Faith's topsides weigh more than 7,000 tons and its production facility consists of two main process decks. The total combined area of these two decks is approximately 1.5 acres. The structure represents the latest technology in offshore production. The deepwater environment, which includes high pressure and high temperature reservoirs at the producing site, demanded that Chevron push this technology to new limits.

"The Blind Faith journey started in 2006, when first steel was cut, so we're proud to commemorate these milestones after years of planning and constructing such a technically complex facility. A keen focus on safety and open communication laid the foundation for our success today," said Buddy Lang, Blind Faith project manager.

In its final, installed configuration, the offshore facility will have a total displacement of more than 40,000 tons and will have an overall height equivalent to a 29-story building.

"Blind Faith proves how determined Chevron is in pursuing the development of deep water projects," said Stephen Thurston, vice president of Deepwater Exploration and Projects for Chevron North America Exploration and Production. "The energy demand is likely to remain strong and our projects within the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico are playing a critical role in uncovering potential reserves."

Updated: March 2008

Published: March 2008