Blind Faith is an offshore oil rig located in the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi Canyon 695 and 696. The project is operated by Chevron, who has a 75% working interest in it. Anadarko Petroleum is the other owner. The field was first discovered in 2001 by a semisubmersible rig drilling in the Miocene sands. An appraisal well was subsequently drilled by 2004. The area is the deepest location for Chevron thus far, at about 7,000 feet.
Blind Faith is a large rig. It allows for production from four wells and is moored in 6,500 feet of water, which is equal to about the size of a 29-story structure. The platform weighs in at more than 40,000 tons. Construction occurred over a three-year period. The hull was fabricated in Norway. This took almost a year and a half and then it was transported through the Atlantic Ocean to Texas. The rest of the structure was built in Louisiana. Then the platform was put together at a facility in Texas.
The subsea facilities had to be specially constructed for deep water. Remote operated vehicles are utilized to perform the deep underwater work. The planning of the installation was extremely detailed because the weather in the area plays a big role in the ability to work. Export is being done by Williams Energy with pipelines that were extended for this purpose. The initial production is about 30,000 barrels per day.
Chevron is a leading global energy company with many subsidiaries around the world. They explore, produce and transport natural gas and crude oil and refine and sell other energy products. They also generate power and develop resources for future energy growth. Oil drilling and refining is a dangerous industry, and Chevron is not without accidents or injuries.
In 2011 there was a reported accident in which a worker fell overboard. The man was working as part of a crane operation when the tag line rope wrapped around his leg. He was lifted off the dock and over the railing, falling about 80 feet into the water. A man overboard alarm (MOB) was sounded, and a recovery boat responded. Also, the Chevron helicopter was dispatched. The man was recovered, and he was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital on shore. The man did not suffer any serious injuries.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, BSEE, investigated the accident. They concluded that the crane operator did not properly operate the machine because there were not sufficient personnel involved in the operation. There was no designated signal man, and the crane operator could not sufficiently see to perform the task without one. The company may not have provided adequate training and did not have enough personnel to perform the crane operation at the time of the occurrence.
Accidents with injuries aboard oil rigs and platforms can be serious or deadly. Those who were hurt in an accident that was due to the negligence of the company may be protected by the Jones Act. If you were injured in an accident on Blind Faith or any offshore platform, we can help. Contact us today using the online form to learn more about how we will protect your rights.