Na Kika services multiple oil fields, accepting production yields from eight subsea fields in the surrounding area. It is located 140 miles southeast of New Orleans in the Mississippi Canyon. The largest onboard oil storage facility in the Gulf of Mexico, the structure is in 6,340 feet of water and has a main deck that is 70,225 square feet. It is 50 percent owned by British Petroleum, which co-owns the facility with Shell.

This platform can process as much as 130,000 barrels of oil per day. A daily load of 550 million cubic feet of natural gas can be handled as well. There are more than 100 miles of inflow pipelines that gather the oil and gas, while over 150 miles of pipeline transport the processed oil/gas to onshore facilities and market. The rig is 50 percent owned by British Petroleum and 50 percent owned by Shell.

Na Kika is a semi-submersible floating production facility. Its first oil production began in November 2003, and the facility is expected to last 20 years. The topside of the structure consists of four modules. These include the east and west receiving modules, process system, and crew quarters that can hold 100 people. The topside modules weigh 14,000 short tons. In addition, the structure has a helideck and 26 riser baskets for steel catenary risers, plus a dynamic ballasting system. The main deck is nearly 266 by 266 feet in size, and the pontoon height is over 34.5 feet.


  • It was the first floating production system in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The project, including the production system and six deepwater oil/gas fields, cost Shell and BP $1.26 billion.
  • It serves the Coulomb, Kepler, Ariel, and Herschel oil fields and Fourier and East Anstey gas fields.
  • The hull has a lightship weight of 31,475 metric tons.
  • Hull displacement is 58,356 metric tons.
  • The structure is moored to the sea floor by 16 wire ropes and chains, with a suction pile.


In June 2016, a fire at a Mississippi natural gas processing plant shut down the Destin gas pipeline. Although there were no injuries, the incident caused production to be stopped at both Kika and Thunder Horse platforms. Both of these facilities feed a total of 400,000 barrels of oil per day into the pipeline to onshore facilities. At the time of the Reuters report, a plan to redirect gas flow to an alternate processing facility was being formulated.

Na Kika was used as a triage point for workers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. They were transported aboard Coast Guard helicopters, which had been hoisted up from a platform supply vessel (which picked 115 survivors up from the water) and flown to the production platform for immediate triage and treatment. As of September 2010, the production platform had no injuries or incidents for 2,500 days.

If you have sustained injuries while working on the Na Nika production platform, submit our online form to obtain more information on how you can find out about eligibility for compensation.

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