Oil Platform

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 6, Pg. 44-45

Document Type: Feature article


The Cerveza offshore drilling platform demonstrates that a single-piece platform base for deep water is technically feasible and economically practical. The template-type fixed platform base section or jacket is remarkable because it was transported and launched in one piece and because of its three-year construction time. Earlier deep-water platform design involved the costly construction of the platform base in two or three pieces. Cerveza, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles from Galveston, is the winner of a 1983 Outstanding Civil Engineer Award of Merit. A special launch barge had to be constructed to haul the 250 � 350 ft platform base to its installation site. Workmen performed much of the jacket construction on the ground in four pieces, saving time and money.

Subject Headings: Offshore platforms | Offshore construction | Offshore drilling | Gulfs | Economic factors | Developing countries | Deep water

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