Other potential failure modes are also discussed in the standards including: hysteresis heating – lubricants and fillers can be included to reduce hotspots. Thrusters can consist of both fixed and rotating configurations and be of variable pitch and speed. A marine growth density of 1325 kg/m3 is common, and the standards provide equations to calculate the mass of growth depending on the line type and diameter, together with growth thickness and water depth. [15] Most FSOs are converted single hull supertankers. MODEC is an owner/operator and EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) general contractor of floating production systems including Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units, Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) units, FLNGs, Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs) and Semi-Submersibles. [18], One of the world's largest FPSO is the Kizomba A, with a storage capacity of 2.2 million barrels (350,000 m3). We design, manufacture and deliver unique Floating Production System swivels to meet the demanding requirements of offshore operators worldwide. For fibre rope, the capacity against fatigue caused by tension–tension effects is given by: where R is the ratio of tension range to characteristic strength and m, aD are given in the standards. This section specifies the design requirements for the flexible jumper, and describes the calculations of the loads acting on the Floating Production System (FPS) hull and on the forging beneath the buoyancy tank. Oil Terminal "Belokamenka" L.L.C Rosnefteflot, Rubicon Offshore International with Langstein Slip. Huacan Fang, Menglan Duan, in Offshore Operation Facilities, 2014, Adapting floating production systems for deeper waters in bad sea conditions. Floating platforms generally had too much motion to protect the wells during extreme storms. Regular loading oil from the stern of the FPS to the bow of the shuttle tanker (tandem loading) is practiced while gas is may be transferred to shore via pipeline or reinjected into the field to boost production. Specification of “associated wind and waves” is somewhat subjective. This depends on sea and current conditions, mooring and riser make-up, together with water depth. Wind loads should consist of both steady and time-varying components, the latter being specified in both DNV and API documentation. Production floaters are very complex systems. This can be problematic because the anodes are by definition hard to replace in these inaccessible areas. An FPSO is a floating production system that receives fluids (crude oil, water and a host of other things) from a subsea reservoir through risers, which then separate fluids into crude oil, natural gas, water and impurities within the topsides production facilities onboard. A further safety factor should also be applied for situations where analysis has been performed at the limiting sea state for normal operations, usually corresponding to mild weather. It has wire rope and chain connections to an anchor, or it can be dynamically positioned using rotating thrusters. Thrusters can be used to reduce the mooring system loads caused by mean environmental forces, provide damping of the low-frequency motions and assist in heading control. The development ties in five sub-sea templates, and the FPSO has capacity to include several smaller wells nearby in the future. The design equation to be used for FLS is similar to that for ULS and ALS, being of the form: where dc is the damage that accumulates as a result of all the individual environmental states over the system design lifetime, and γF is a fatigue safety factor. 4.1): Figure 4.1. If this is not available, then the vessel excursion should be established using the estimated post-installation line stiffness for both the ULS and ALS. Also, the FPSOs are an optimal choice for development when there are no existing pipelines or infrastructure to transfer production to shore. We will not repeat the discussions there, but will summarise the practical implementation for Global Strength analysis. This section of the standards gives methods and guidance associated with the design of thruster-assisted moorings. Offloading system. 5.1.4 Crude oil washing (COW) 5.1.5 Slop Tanks. Located in 1200 meters (3,940 ft) of water at Deep water block 200 statute miles (320 km) offshore in the Atlantic Ocean from Angola, Central Africa, it weighs 81,000 tonnes and is 285 meters long, 63 meters wide, and 32 meters high (935 ft by 207 ft (63 m) by 105 ft). As a Both all-chain and chain–wire–chain should be considered. [4], The first oil FPSO was built in 1977 on the Shell Castellon field, located in the Spanish Mediterranean. The global floating production systems market is projected to reach $53.34 billion by 2022, from US$ 14.78 billion in 2015 with a projected CAGR of 41% during the forecasted year 2016-2022, signifying a high demand for these products and growth in offshore drilling activities. The DNV curves are shown in fig. A production semisubmersible or floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) typically uses 12 or 16 mooring lines in four groups connected from the four columns to the seabed. The main design codes and standards used for riser design are: “Recommended Practice for Design of Risers for Floating Production Systems and TLPs,” First Edition, API RP 2RD, June 1998. Floating Production Systems Quarterly Released three times a year in March, June, and December, the Floating Production Systems Quarterly provides in-depth project by project analysis and tracking. The report is titled “Floating Production System Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO),Tension Leg Platforms (TLP), Spar … The standards give design, material requirements and capacity for additional mooring hardware including windlasses, winches, chain stoppers and fairleads together with end attachments. Finally, if line dynamics are considered, the maximum wave frequency line tension is obtained from its standard deviation. Line lengths are influenced by whether anchors can withstand up-lift loads. So over the last 25 years we have seen significant technological advances in the FPS design. FPSOs have been installed in virtually all of the offshore oil producing areas of the world with the exception of the Gulf of Mexico. For example: A drilling semisubmersible typically uses 8 or 12 mooring lines in four groups connected from the four columns to the seabed. This is taken as πd2/4 for steel wire rope and 2πd2/4 for chain. A consequence of this is that floaters may be designed with excess capacity for a given reservoir, in effect adding an “option cost” into the facility investment banking on future tiebacks from additional reservoirs. Certification standards give guidance on the methods employed to perform the structural design of wire, chain and fibre mooring systems, including their combinations, used on floating vessels, including deep draft floaters, such as spars. The standards are typically divided into a number of sections as follows: A further description of certification standards is given below for one particular authority. As an alternative to the above procedures, mooring design may be carried out using structural reliability analysis. Figure 1.5. At the other end of the LNG logistics chain, where the natural gas is brought back to ambient temperature and pressure, specially modified ships may also be used as floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). More information can be found in the standards. In practice, the long-term environment can be discretised into something like 8–12 headings and 10–50 sea states. [5] Today, over 270 vessels are deployed worldwide as oil FPSOs. Cma and Cda are about equal to 1.0. Combining this with the mean and quasi-static tension components gives the characteristic dynamic line tension. This may be done in the frequency or time domain. A group of engineers in California invented a floating system in the early 1970s, which could be tethered to the sea floor, effectively making it a tethered compliant platform [Horton, et al 1976]. Unlike wells on fixed platforms and on land, subsea wells do not allow operators to have direct access to the wells for maintenance, or for re-completion (drilling into new reservoirs from an existing well). There is strong emphasis on catenary analysis using chain and wire and, more recently, guidance on taut moorings using fibre ropes. FPS offers the operator a cost-effective solution for deep water and marginal yield developments where a fixed structure is not possible. Lifting of suction pile from a barge (D' Aloisio et al., 2004). “Response-based modelling” is not presently required by any rules or recommended practice, but it may be specified by the owner. Floating Production Systems The Aalborg Industries Group is a leading supplier of equipment and services for Float-ing Production Systems such as FPSOs, FSOs, FSUs, FSRUs, etc. An FPSO vessel is designed to receive hydrocarbons produced by itself or from nearby platforms or subsea template, process them, and store oil until it can be offloaded onto a tanker or, less frequently, transported through a pipeline. The system is usually tied to multiple subsea production wells and gathers the oil and/or natural gas through a series of in-field pipelines. Bittern, Guillemot West, Guillemot Northwest, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 09:48. The resultant gravitational, inertial and environmental loads must be applied to the structure to determine the internal structural loads and ultimately stresses. No up-lift is allowed for the ULS, but up-lift may be allowed for the ALS, if the vertical loads do not impair the anchor-holding power. For this situation, two alternatives, the combined spectrum or dual narrow-banded approach, described in the standards can be used. jumper loads. They are often referred to as 4×2 (four sets of two legs as shown in Fig. This method employs a simplified mathematical model of the platform and mooring responses to various environmental conditions. A FPS is typically a large ship equipped with processing facilities and moored to a location for a long period. It is expected to be the World's First Floating Liquefaction Unit in operation when completed in 2015. The specific requirements for floating production systems vary among these various references.3 MODU rules do not explicitly cover mooring and leave the specification of safety factors and other conditions to the owner. Further guidance for selecting a mooring profile is provided below: For water depth less than 500 m—Catenary systems are the most cost-effective choice. [10], In June 2012, Petronas made a contract of procurement engineering, construction, installation and commissioning, a project with the Technip and DSME consortium. In order to convert from tension to stress the nominal steel areas given in a table in the API RP2SK may be used. Figure 8.32. Waves provide three loading mechanisms acting on the floating vessel. The mooring analysis must also consider the characteristic capacity or strength for the ULS and ALS, recognising that the line strength is likely to be less than the average strength of its components, whether these be chain links or wire fibres. Additionally, vortex-induced vibration needs to be addressed for platforms of deep draft. They are often referred to as 3×3 and 3×4. When the direction of the environment is not favorable, shuttle tankers may have difficulty approaching and staying connected to the FPSO. The stress ranges are obtained by dividing the line tension ranges by the nominal cross-sectional area. The types of production concepts available for deepwater production are illustrated in fig. However, if, for example, current and wind are the dominant features, such as Gulf of Mexico conditions with loop currents and hurricanes, then 10-yr sea conditions combined with 100-yr current and wind should be assessed. Recognised standards, such as API RP 2SM have been produced that document the use of fibre ropes. Survival environmental criteria for permanent moorings are usually based on a 100-yr return period event. It is this maritime influence that sees a greater use of subsea coatings and impressed current systems as original equipment. Standards specify the relevant load bearing yarn properties and tests to be documented, together with those for the yarn sheathing material. It is a converted ULCC tanker with a SOFEC external turret mooring system, two flexible risers connected in a lazy-S configuration between the turret and a pipeline end manifold (PLEM) on the seabed, and a unique offloading system. The following guidance is given on safety factors: γF = 3, for wire and chain line that can regularly be inspected on-shore. Standards give guidance on target annual probabilities of failure when performing reliability analysis. Synthetic fibre ropes can be used either as inserts in a catenary mooring layout or as part of a taut leg system. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors. 8.23) is normally used by mobile offshore vessels for anchor and/or towing lines. Further study needs to be employed using finite element programs (Flexcom, Orcaflex, Deeplines) in the next design phase. For the ULS and ALS there must be a minimum vertical clearance between lines and all subsea equipment of respectively 10 and 0 m (no contact). Nagasu Hitachi Shipbuilding & Engineering Shibushi, FDPSO (first floating, drilling, production, storage and offloading). Many internal spaces are protected with zinc rather than aluminum anodes to alleviate some of these issues; it is a good idea to consider the placement of permanent reference electrodes in such spaces as access can be difficult after commissioning. The Floating Production Systems Market Report to 2018 presents a comprehensive analysis of this increasingly important sector of the offshore oil and gas industry. In this case they become binding rules. The latter may be more cost-effective for depths larger than 300 m. For water depth between 500 and 1000 m—All four choices may be considered. In order to calculate the mooring line structural response it is necessary to apply appropriate environmental loads for the site under consideration. Skarv is a gas condensate and oil field development. On the other hand, the API recommendation is for a single safety factor of 1.67 to be applied to the peak load for all types of mooring systems. On the other hand, the mooring lines can often be grouped into three or four groups to improve the mooring performance and to create large angular space for risers and other subsea facilities. whether the facility needs to support a drilling rig or whether a leased Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) will be used. [22], As of August 2015[update], there are more than 277 Floating Production Units in use around the world, of which 62% are FPSOs. Taut (or semitaut) leg system with a chain–wire–chain setup. Environmental conditions – in air, in seawater, in seawater with cathodic protection etc. The environments which generate this response and responses close to this response are chosen for more refined analysis. Deepwater system types [Offshore Magazine, 2002]. Drilling often represents over 50% of the value of deepwater projects, so that the method of drilling often dictates the type of surface facility required, e.g. The FPSO has a disconnectable turret (APL). where f→= force per unit length normal to centerline of the cylindrical element, p = fluid pressure on the surface of the cylinder computed as though the member does not disturb the flow, ρ = density of water, Ca = added mass coefficient, Cd = drag coefficient, u→=n= resultant velocity normal to the element centreline, a→=n = resultant acceleration normal to the centreline. The DNV practice applies a separate safety factor to the computed mean load (FOS = 1.4) as opposed to the dynamic load (FOS = 2.1) (for dry tree applications). 6.1 Oil and Gas Production. This can provide an economically attractive solution for smaller oil fields, which can be exhausted in a few years and do not justify the expense of installing a pipeline. This restraint limits the relative motion between the risers and the hull, which allows for flowlines to remain connected in extreme weather conditions. So it is necessary to shut in well when the oil tanker breaks off the mooring. In the study, the horizontal distance between the HR base and the nominal location of the corresponding hang-off point is assumed to be 200 m. The tension acting on the FPS Hull and HR tank from riser jumper and the azimuthal angles of the jumper have been evaluated for two load cases: FPS is under damage condition (one mooring line broken) and its maximum offset is 10% of water depth. In theory, a spread mooring system can be used in any geographic area as long as it has sufficient strength; in reality, if the ship-shaped floating structure is subject to large lateral environmental loads (i.e., in a beam sea condition), the mooring lines may not be able to withstand the excessive loading. This usually corresponds to the wave and wind conditions having return periods of 100-yr, together with 10-yr return period current conditions. For non-symmetric mooring patterns, all directions, with a maximum 45° spacing, should be assessed. Several commercial computer codes incorporate hydrodynamic and structural modeling in a single package, with load mapping done automatically. Only a brief overview is given here. 2.3) and 4×4. Therefore although the spread mooring system is cost-effective, its application to large ship-shaped floating structures is only suitable for areas of a benign environment or where the directionality of wind, wave, and current is persistent, such as in offshore West Africa. Some of the famous FPSOs are Maersk’s FPSOs , Munin Award Winning FPSO, and Shell’s Preclude- The Largest Floating structure in the world. The selection of a technically feasible and cost-effective mooring system type is primarily dependent on water depth and environment. For steel wire rope, the lifetime degradation depends on the construction and level of protection applied. particle ingress – causes strength loss by abrasion from water-borne material such as sand, prevented by using a suitable sheath and not allowing contact between the rope and seabed. Solutions for Floating Production Units Pusnes offshore loading systems Pusnes offshore mooring systems . The design equation is of the form: where Sc is the line capacity and Tc,mean, Tc,dyn are the characteristic mean and dynamic tensions. The specific requirements for design of mooring systems are defined in Classification Rules and Industry Recommended Practices by API RP 2SK, Det Norske Veritas and Bureau Veritas. For ship-shaped floating vessels with spread moorings, the mooring lines are connected at the bow and stern and spread outward, which can restrain the lateral offset and heading of the hull. At the calm sea area, oil can directly send to the oil tanker from the production platform, which will reduce investment. Most of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and some floating production systems use the spread mooring system for station-keeping purposes. This can produce mean offset and low-frequency vessel responses corresponding to time-domain records of environmental force. Similar to conventional S–N fatigue curves, the design fatigue curve is in the form: where N = number of cycles, R = ratio of tension range (double amplitude) to nominal breaking strength, M = slope of T–N Curve, and K = intercept of the T–N Curve. This unit incorporates deepwater drilling equipment that will help to develop the field and can be removed and reused after all the Azurite production wells have been drilled. Semi-submersible FPSs are prolific in the North Sea and Brazil. The model testing has been addressed in detail in Chapter 13. James G. 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