Lucius is a deepwater oil field located off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico and is operated by Anadarko Petroleum. It was discovered in 2009 through the use of the Ensco 8500 semi-submersible rig. The well was subsequently drilled to a depth of 20,000 feet in 7,100 feet of water. The field is located in Keathley Canyon block 875. The initial discovery drilling found high-quality crude oil and another well was drilled for appraisal about 3,200 feet to the south to provide confirmation. Anadarko Petroleum has a 35% working interest in the field. It is also partly owned by Plains Exploration and Production Company, Exxon Mobile Corp., Apache Deepwater, Petrobras and Eni Petroleum.
Development of the field is estimated to be $2 billion. Oil was first produced in 2015. Currently, 80,000 barrels of oil and 450 million cubic feet of gas are produced daily. There are approximately 300 million barrels of oil in reserves. Lucius utilizes six subsea production wells that are tied back to a truss spar floating production facility. Oil is exported using an 18-inch pipeline which extends to South Marsh Island Area Block 205 Platform.
Injuries on rigs and spars must be reported to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). During a construction phase of Lucius Spar, a worker was seriously injured when a pipeline he was testing burst open. A pressure test was being performed, however, before the maximum test pressure was reached a valve seal failed, and the crew proceeded to examine the fault. There was pressure trapped in the pipe when the worker removed the cap. He was struck with the pressurized steam on the face and head and was found unconscious. He was transported to a hospital for medical care.
According to the report, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation failed to provide a safe environment and did not protect the worker’s health. The company did not adequately supervise operations and therefore did not operate safely.
Workers who are injured due to employer negligence may be entitled to compensation. If you were seriously hurt in an accident at the Lucius Spar platform, we can help. Contact us today by filling out the form so we can discuss your case.