The Magnolia is an oil platform for offshore drilling that operates in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the world’s deepest Extended Tension Leg Platform (TLP) at a depth of 4,698 feet. Before the Magnolia was operational, the Marco Polo TLP was the deepest. The oil field is located about 180 miles to the south of Cameron, Louisiana in the Garden Banks area of the Gulf of Mexico at blocks 783 and 784. This is near the titan mini-basin that is adjacent to undersea salt and sand reservoirs. It has an estimated production rate of up to 50,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Conoco Phillips has a majority working ownership of the platform. As of 2013 it was the tallest oil rig structure globally and may be considered the tallest structure as well. It was fabricated in South Korea and transported to its place in the Gulf of Mexico. Wells that were drilled during the developmental phases were converted to production wells. There are a total of eight wells that make up the full platform production.
A tension leg platform is made up of cylindrical columns that connect to a pontoon frame below the water. The base of each column is held in place by steel tethers that are secured into the seabed using a pile foundation. The piles are driven into the ocean floor about 319 feet in depth. The platform connects to another platform hub, Shell Enchilada. It is connected to the hub, which is located about 50 miles away, by two pipelines.
Accident and Injury
In 2012 an accident occurred on the platform. A team of workers was troubleshooting a leak in a blowout preventer. The leak was determined to be a problem with the riser system. The supervisor and his team were working below the rig floor while another team was working above. The source of a leak, a bell nipple system, was being lifted when it caught on the splash guards causing one of them to fall. It fell to the lower area and struck the supervisor on his hand.
The man suffered a fractured finger and was flown to a hospital in Louisiana for treatment. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) investigated the accident. They determined that the accident was caused by lack of communication between personnel working on the operation. Additionally, improper steps were taken to secure the splash guards and inadequate lighting contributed to the accident. The supervisor’s hand was also positioned improperly, allowing it to be in the way when the item fell.
The company is responsible for providing a safe work environment at all times including providing adequate employee training and supervision. When maritime workers are hurt because of the negligence of the company they are protected by the Jones Act. If you were injured while working on the Magnolia or any offshore platform, you have rights. Contact us today using the online form to learn how we can help.