This week’s View of the Neighborhood follows the Bigfoot Drilling rig as it moves down the Corpus Christi channel to the Gulf of Mexico. The oil and gas rig is headed to a position about 250 miles off New Orleans. It will be anchored in water about a mile deep. Once productive it will deliver 25,000 barrels of oil and 25 million cubic feet of gas per day. It is currently moving in the Gulf at 1.9 knots on a heading of 172 degrees. The rig is 60% owned by Chevron with other partners controlling the balance. The picture above is a storage facility for other platforms. I will use it as a reference for the photos to follow
Here is a shot of Bigfoot from about a mile away. The white boat is a ferry. The rig storage facility is on the right.
Starting to take form.
Now across from the storage facility. You can get a relative idea of its size compared to the other platforms.
She is being pushed and pulled by eight ocean-going tugs.
A closer shot yet.
This one gives you a good shot of the tugs. For reference, the hight of the legs from the water to the top of the red stripe is 85 feet.
Here is a photo showing the platform as it reaches the mouth of the Gulf.