TOPICS OF INTEREST
TOPSIDES/FLOATING PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Total Launches Mero Phase 3 Offshore Brazil
Operators celebrate first major deepwater project sanctioned since the early-2020 oil crash.
Developing Technologies Can Lower Subsea Tieback Cost
The traditional subsea tieback model is evolving, supported by advances in flow assurance that allow tiebacks over much longer distances and by the introduction of new technologies that increase overall cost effectiveness.
Petrobras Starts Production From Pre-salt Berbigao Field
P-68 is Petrobras’ fourth FPSO to begin operations this year following the startups of P-67 at the Lula field and P-76 and P-77 at the Buzios field.
New Gas-Separation Technology Reduces Cost, Weight, and Footprint
Hydrocarbon processing and treating systems often require large and elaborate surface facilities. When operating in challenging locations, such as deep water or the Arctic, these systems can be expensive. This paper discusses a new adsorption-based gas-separation technology platform.
Brazil’s Lula Field a Step Closer to Producing 1 Million B/D of Oil
Petrobras and Shell have brought online the Lula field’s seventh FPSO as the firms continue to ramp up production from the pre-salt Santos Basin.
Turritella FPSO—Design and Fabrication of the World’s Deepest Producing Unit
The Turritella FPSO (Fig. 1 above) is the deepest floating production system in the world and presented many challenges to successful execution of the surface host facilities.
Optical Sensors Monitor Vulnerable Top Sections of Flexible Risers
The integrity management of flexible pipes used in subsea production plays a major role in maximizing the availability of the production systems while minimizing safety and environmental risks.
Field Trials Help Boost Processing Capacity of Offshore Facility Above Nameplate Limit
The Constitution spar in the Gulf of Mexico has an original nameplate separation capacity of 70,000 BOPD and 200 MMscf/D of gas. Production potential from future developments is expected to exceed this limit.
Shell’s Penguins Redevelopment a Step Forward in North Sea Revival
The long-term decommissioning of the historic Brent field has necessitated redevelopment of the younger Penguins field in the North Sea, where the UK hopes to see more revival projects in the coming years.
Statoil Plans Leaner, $6-Billion Arctic Project
Statoil has submitted a long-awaited development plan for what will become Norway’s northernmost development.
Design of a Floating-Liquefied-Natural-Gas System for Severe Metocean Conditions
This paper describes a split-process FLNG design where primary production and gas-treatment functions are provided on a host platform while liquefaction occurs on a separate vessel.
Twenty-Year Effort Brings Only Two FPSO Vessels to US GOM
Despite major advancements in deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico, FPSO usage has yet to increase.
Increasing Efficiency, Safer Operations Key Themes at OTC
As it has since 1969, the world came to OTC to make critical decisions, share ideas, and develop business partnerships to meet global energy demands.
CLOV Project: Overview
This paper describes the CLOV deepwater megaproject in Block 17 offshore Angola, which cost USD 8.4 billion to first oil.
Process Support and Marine Systems in a Spar Hull: Innovation Meets Regulation
Historically, the marine systems on a spar are relatively simple.
Reusable Filtration Technology Under Development
A new type of organically modified silica glass that can remove a wide variety of oils and contaminants from produced and flowback water is showing promising results as it undergoes field trials.
Deepwater Developments Driving Technip’s Technology
Record-setting megaprojects are driving innovation at the installation and subsea construction firm.
Dry Tree Semisubmersibles: The Next Deepwater Option
Offshore engineering companies are taking existing technologies and lessons learned from floating rigs to create a new platform design that will allow drilling in deeper waters.
Shell Deploys Next-Generation TLP for Extended Field Development in GOM
The new Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) is the largest in the US Gulf of Mexico, with more than twice the displacement of the neighboring Mars TLP. It marks a leap forward in safety, improved operation time, and increased production capacity.
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