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Offshore Operation Facilities by Menglan Duan, Huacan Fang

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4.3. Deep-Water Offshore Floating Structures

From a global perspective, the Shell Oil Company took the lead in building the Cognac offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 317 m (1040 ft) at the end of 1970. Since then, the United States has worked in deep-sea oil and gas exploration and development. Since then nearly 30 years, the enterprise of sea oil and gas exploration and development has increased rapidly around the world, and three “hot spot” areas have formed, commonly known as the “golden triangle,” including the Gulf of Mexico, west Africa, and Brazil Campos basin. In recent years, China has also started deep-water oil and gas exploration and development. Demand for deep-sea oil and gas development will encourage the ...

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