The Constitution Spar is a floating oil production platform located in the Gulf of New Mexico. It has been operational since 2006 and originally included three wells, the Tonga, Tonga West and Caesar. It was later expanded to accommodate the Caesar Tonga. It is located in the Green Canyon area in block 680. It is approximately 300 km from New Orleans, Louisiana in about 1,524 km of water depth. It has a capacity of 70,000 barrels of oil per day along with 200 million cubic feet of natural gas.
The project was subcontracted to Technip, who designed and installed four pipe-in-pipe flow lines and eight pipeline end terminations (PLETs). The installation utilized the company’s Deep Blue pipeline vessel. Additional work was completed by Duo, a subsidiary of Technip and by Subsea 7.
The Caesar Tonga is operated by Anadarko Petroleum, in which they have a 33.75% joint interest. Oil production of Caesar Tonga began in 2012 after a mechanical problem caused a delay from 2011. It has an estimated resource base of up to 400 millions of barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) and is anticipated that production will reach 45,000 BOE daily. It is a sub-sea tieback to the floating production platform, Constitution.
An injury was reported to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in October 2015. A crane accident occurred in which a worker suffered severe injuries to his hand and had to be evacuated. The incident happened when two joints of damaged tubing needed to be replaced. The work was taking place on a bundle of piping. However, the workers noticed the bundle was uneven and wanted to find a safer place to perform the work. There was a miscommunication with the crane operator, who set down the load anyway. When the load was placed, it loosened the tubing, and the workers tried to secure it.
As a result, the tubing was slipped, and the worker’s hand was wedged between the loads. The crane operator had to remove the load to free the worker. The man’s left hand was severely injured, and he was evacuated to the hospital where he required surgery. Pins had to be inserted in three fingers, and one finger required partial amputation. In this instance, the crew supervisor failed to stop work as should have happened.
Working on an oil rig platform is a dangerous occupation. Companies are required to provide a safe working environment for employees. If a worker is injured because of negligent actions, the employee may be able to take legal action. If you were hurt in on the Constitution oil platform, we can help protect your rights. Contact us today by filling out the online form to discuss your case.