BSEE Conducts Pre-production Inspection of Shell Platform Vito
INGLESIDE, Texas – On May 12, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement inspectors and engineers concluded a three-day pre-production inspection on Vito, Shell’s new 40,000-ton semi-submersible platform, which is slated to begin operation soon in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pre-production inspection team verifies that all safety equipment, components, and production processes aboard the structure have been constructed as planned, meet industry standards, and comply with federal regulations. BSEE’s on-site inspection is one of the steps required to clear the platform for sailing to its planned destination in the Gulf of Mexico, about 150 miles south of New Orleans, where it will be installed at a water depth of approximately 4,000 feet.
The inspection was conducted by a team of 10 inspectors and engineers divided into two units, each simultaneously inspecting different areas of the facility for three consecutive days.
“These regulatory inspections are critical to help ensure that the platform meets all applicable safety rules, environmental compliance requirements, and relevant regulations and practices,” said Anthony Pizza, Production Operations Section Chief of the New Orleans District Office, Gulf of Mexico Regional Office. “Any discrepancies found will be addressed by Shell before operations begin.”
According to Shell, the Vito platform is expected to begin production in late 2022 or early 2023 and produce up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day.