This is a description of how Ekofisk City was created back in the 70’s. Since it’s pretty much in a un-hospitable part of the North Sea, and was created with 70’s technology, I thought it might help anyone like me that tends to get discouraged by some of the engineering problems.
10 months out of the year, this place has pretty rough seas with winds up to 150 knots. It’s got a hotel and a hospital to support the nearby wells. Yes this was an investment of billions of dollars, but given the nasty location and the breakthroughs since then, it offers encouragement to us in my opinion.