In May 2014, Keystone Engineering was selected as Shell Exploration and Production Company’s (SEPCo) engineering partner for surveillance of the newly designed Olympus TLP (Tension Leg Platform).The platform is the first deep-water project in the Gulf of Mexico to expand an existing offshore oil and gas field with significant new infrastructure.


At 406 feet tall (approximately 1.5* times the height of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) and weighing more than 126,000 tons, Olympus is SEPCo’s largest floating deep-water platform in the Gulf of Mexico.Located approximately 130 miles south of New Orleans in about 3000 feet of water, Olympus is expected to extend the life of the Mars field until at least 2050.

As the surveillance partner, Keystone is responsible for providing engineering, design, and other support services for all projects arising from the maintenance and operation of Olympus.This high-profile selection further expands Keystone’s prolific partnership with SEPCo which already spans decades. 


Some of the notable Olympus engineering projects that have commenced include modifications to the facility’s lifeboat/fast rescue crafts, a seawater dilution system for produced water, a portable fluid pump skid, a well unloading tank support skid, and oscillating flanges for the helideck’s fire water system.


One of the many exciting new technologies being employed on the Olympus project is utilization of a cloud-based Plant Design Management System (PDMS) model. This allows SEPCo and Keystone personnel to collaborate in more efficient and cost-effective ways than ever before.

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