[Offshore] Drill Baby Drill

We took a trip down to Galveston, from Houston to explore offshore drilling. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling and Rig Museum is locate right off the coast of Galveston in an old offshore oil rig platform. When approaching the museum, you can see actual offshore drilling rigs. Once we entered we watched a movie on the process of offshore drilling that illustrated the ways oil formed from ocean seismic rifts, creating pockets where decomposed carbon based matter turned into oil. What I was more intrigued by at the end of the film was the different structural ways offshore rigs had to be created in order to withstand the turbulence. The museum provided a chance to look at the different technologies and tools that have developed to make offshore rigging safer for the people involved, as well as giving us a glimpse into what the lifestyle would be like for a work aboard.

 

Offshore Drilling off the coast of Galveston, TX

Offshore Drilling off the coast of Galveston, TX

Museum from afar
Museum from afar

Derrick
Derrick

Derrick with goose neck and traveling block

Derrick with goose neck and traveling block

Derrick

Derrick

Model of an offshore rig; there are several different kinds of rigs according to structural needs; see links below
Model of an offshore rig; there are several different kinds of rigs according to structural needs; see links below

Pipe cross section: top is for combined product from all wells; bottom contains several systems including test lines, hydraulic lines, and electric wirelines

Pipe cross section: top is for combined product from all wells; bottom contains several systems including test lines, hydraulic lines, and electric wirelines
a smart pig in it's [natural] habitat

a smart pig in it’s [natural] habitat

Escape Pod

Escape Pod

Concrete Machine used to fill drilled hole after oil has been drained

Concrete Machine used to fill drilled hole after oil has been drained

What offshore drillers do in their free time

What offshore drillers do in their free time

 

 

Types Of Oil and Gas Structures

Troll Platform

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