TOPICS OF INTEREST
TOPSIDES/FLOATING PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
UK Offshore Production Reaches 80% Efficiency Years Ahead of Expectations
For the seventh straight year, the regulatory body has found offshore operations continue to improve based on an efficiency model developed in partnership with the SPE.
Petrobras To Build Brazil’s Largest Platform
In its push to boost deepwater production, Petrobras is aiming to launch a leasing tender to build an FPSO described as Brazil’s largest-ever oil platform. Decommissioning work begins in the Campos and the Sergipe-Alagoas Basins.
A Single FPSO Award Forecast in 2020
Awards are expected to recover to seven vessels next year. Over the past 10 years, only 2016 saw a lower level of activity when not a single FPSO contract was awarded.
Tracerco Wins Large-Scale Inspection Project in Caribbean Sea
The inspection projects to assess water ingress will be done via remotely operated vehicle.
The Buzz About Drones: More Safety, Less Cost To Inspect FPSOs
A recent test proved the feasibility of using LiDAR on remote-controlled drones to create 3D maps of the inside of tanks, increasing the safety and efficiency of inspections.
Equinor Proceeds With Powering Sleipner Field From the Norwegian Shore
Sleipner’s share in net-zero emissions savings will be more than 150,000 tonnes per year.
Energean’s Karish Project Back on Track
Work has resumed on Energan’s Singapore FPSO; subsea installation for the Karish project continues as planned.
Aker Energy Reaffirms Commitment to Pecan Field Development
The FPSO vessel will reduce capital expenditure and breakeven costs and increase commercially feasibility, leading to FID.
McDermott Completes Pan-Malaysia Transportation and Installation Projects
McDermott’s completion comes 19 months after it was first awarded. SapuraOMV achieved first production from the Larak gas field in January.
Future of Suncor Terra Nova FPSO Remains Uncertain After Fire
The fire at the Terra Nova FPSO comes 6 months after C-NLOPB found Suncor noncompliant with regulatory requirements and suspended operations.
3D-Printed Concrete Leads Advancements in Offshore Wind Floating Foundations
Wind turbine substructures and anchors made of special concrete would float to a site from an onshore plant.
FPSOs May Need To Be Shut Down During Economic Downturn
FPSO sanctioning is at a minimum and few opportunities remain for FPSO suppliers to find new work and redeploy their vessels. Suppliers may be forced to accept day rate reductions in order to keep their vessels working.
Greenfield E&P Tenders Are Set To Shrink to $60 Billion in 2020, a 2-Decade Low
Rystad Energy's analysis shows the decline is in contrast to $170 billion worth of tenders awarded in 2019. Tender activity is expected to show marginal recovery in 2021, reaching about $74 billion.
Shell Shuts In Perdido, ExxonMobil Shuts In Hoover Platform
Both platforms offshore assets were shut in following a leak in ExxonMobil's 100,000 B/D pipeline system.
North Sea Contracts Granted to European Companies Ardyne and Allseas
Ardyne’s North Sea long-term contracts were for 175 wells with possibly more to follow, while Allseas contract is for removal and disposal for the Valhall complex.
McDermott Wins Pre-FEED Contract for Trion Project
McDermott was selected previously for a study of the FPU. Completion of the Trion project is expected in Q3.
Offshore Industry More Resilient Than Shale Amid COVID-19 Impact
Because offshore project lead times are longer than in shale, production is likely to come on line in 2–5 years when oil prices may be higher. But the number of FPSOs to be sanctioned this year may be cut by half.
Sandvik To Provide Steel Tube Umbilicals for Mero Oil Field Offshore Brazil
Sandvik said it received the first large-scale stainless steel umbilical tube order for Mero. The tubes will be encapsulated by Prysmian Group.
Chevron Signs Wood To Deliver Engineering Design for Anchor Deepwater Project
Wood will provide the FEED and design for the offshore project. First oil is anticipated in 2024.
Oil Majors Seek Sustainable Power for North Sea Projects
North Sea operators BP, Shell, and Total have begun an effort to fuel their platforms using sustainable power sources through a connection with Norway’s onshore power grid, which is driven almost wholly by renewable energy.
Fugro Wins Contest With Machine-Learning Model for Pile-Driving Prediction
Using the supplied data set of cone penetration test results, competing teams had to predict the number of hammer blows required to drive the pile a given unit of depth in the North Sea.
Equinor Awards Contracts for Bacalhau Project Offshore Brazil
Described as Brazil’s first-ever integrated SPS and SURF project, the development will include 19 wells, approximately 130 km of rigid risers and flowlines, and 35 km of umbilicals.
BW Offshore To Spin Off Its E&P Business BW Energy
BW Offshore plans to float its exploration and production unit BW Energy through an initial public offering in the first quarter of 2020.
Santos Plans FPSO, Wellhead Platform for Dorado
The Australian company upped its forecast of initial oil production out of the field from 50,000 B/D to somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 B/D. It expects to spend between $1.9 billion and $2.2 billion on the field's development.
Equinor's Peregrino Phase 2 Topside Heads to Brazil
The new platform will be installed in the Peregrino Phase 2 development in the Campos Basin, approximately 85 km offshore Brazil, sometime in December. It is expected to come on stream in late 2020.
Campos Basin-Bound Vessel Sets Sail From Texas
The BigRoll Bering was spotted leaving Corpus Christi, Texas, on 17 November, headed for the Peregrino heavy-oil field offshore Brazil. Drilling modules and a flare boom are being transported for the field’s Phase 2 development.
Offshore OFS Market Poised for Massive Boost in Southeast Asia
A fresh wave of offshore project sanctions across Southeast Asia could boost greenfield investments in the oilfield service space by almost 70% in 2020. The growth will be driven by a handful of new megaprojects across Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, according to recent project commitments.
Slings Manufactured for Shell’s Dolphin Platform Module Lift
Lankhorst Ropes provided slings to Seaway 7 for a heavy-lift project on Shell’s Dolphin platform offshore Trinidad and Tobago. Shell contracted the installation of a permanent living quarter module on the facility, which it acquired from Chevron in 2017.
The Dawn of the Disruptive, Deepwater TCP Riser
Nonmetallic, thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) technology can now be found in every oil and gas region globally and can operate at pressures of up to 12,500 psi, and in water depths as low as 3000 m. The focus is now on developing and deploying TCP risers for extreme environments.
ConocoPhillips Awards MODEC Contract To Supply Barossa Field FPSO Offshore Australia
The FPSO, MODEC's largest size of "gas FPSO" to date, will be the first application of the contractor’s M350 Hull, a next-generation newbuilt hull for FPSOs.
Pemex Nears Startup on Abkatun-A2 Platform
With McDermott announcing “substantial completion” of the production platform, operator Pemex is expected to begin commercial operations soon. Abkatun-A2 will produce up to 220,000 BOPD from shallow-water fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
SBM Offshore Completes Financing of Liza Unity FPSO
As construction continues, SBM Offshore secured the $1.14 billion needed to finance work on the vessel. Liza Unity is scheduled for deployment at ExxonMobil's Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana.
Work Continues on Liza Unity FPSO
SBM Offshore began construction on the vessel following ExxonMobil’s sanction of the Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana in May. It is designed to produce 220,000 BOPD after it starts up in 2022.
Main Topsides Lifted Onto Leviathan Platform
One of the largest deepwater gas discoveries of the past decade moves closer to its expected startup at the end of the year, as 24,500 tonnes of topside units have been installed on the Leviathan platform offshore Israel. Operator Noble Energy expects to produce up to 1.2 Bcf/D from 4 subsea wells.
FPSO for Liza Phase 1 Arrives Offshore Guyana
Following a 42-day journey from Singapore, the Liza Destiny has arrived at the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, where it is expected to produce up to 120,000 gross boe/D from the ExxonMobil-operated deepwater project upon startup.
ALE Completes Record Lift for Total’s Egina FPSO
At nearly 3,000 tonnes, the company said its lift of an FPSO module was one of the heaviest land-based crane lifts ever performed. ALE was contracted to lift six modules for Total’s FPSO module integration project in Nigeria.
Shell Sanctions Deepwater PowerNap Project
The subsea tieback is expected to start up in 2021. This is Shell’s second major development on a tieback in the US Gulf of Mexico, following Kaikias’ startup in May.
Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 Nearly Complete, Startup on Target
Lundin reports that the hookup and commissioning of installed facilities at the large North Sea field is progressing as planned. Phase 1 startup is still scheduled for November.
Restoration of Oil and Gas Production Continues in Gulf of Mexico
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported about 14% of oil production and about 14% of natural gas production remains shut in following Tropical Storm Barry.
ABS To Classify New Monocolumn Platform Designed for Offshore Malaysia
ABS will classify a new self-elevating platform with a unique triangular monocolumn design from Calm Oceans Pte Ltd.
Personnel Begin Reboarding Platforms After TS Barry
Offshore personnel are reboarding Gulf of Mexico platforms, oil and gas production begins recovery.
Slight Uptick in GOM Shut-Ins as TS Barry Continues Onshore
All 20 dynamically positioned rigs have returned to pre-storm locations. Operators' reports of evacuated personnel remain unchanged from yesterday.
70% Oil, 56% Gas Production Shut In as Barry Makes Landfall as Tropical Storm
The Gulf of Mexico disturbance, Barry, made landfall today near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, and weakened to a tropical storm.
GOM Operators Begin Evacuations as Tropical Storm Advances
As a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico continues to develop, about 32% of the oil production and 18% of the natural gas production in the GOM has been shut in.
Shell Ships First LNG Cargo From Prelude
First cargo from the world’s largest floating LNG project comes in the midst of low LNG prices sparked by a global supply boost. Prelude is expected to produce 3.6 mtpa for Shell.
Addressing the Gaps in Subsea Produced Water Treatment
Operators are looking for ways to better handle water coming from subsea wells, which is typically treated at topside facilities. Subsea separation systems are not equipped to discharge water back into the reservoir, so how do companies close the gaps?
BP Approves Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2
The deepwater Gulf of Mexico project is expected to add 50,000 B/D of oil production through the construction of two new subsea production units and production wells.
Lessons Learned From the Big Foot Mooring Incident
After suffering major setbacks, Chevron’s massive Big Foot project finally achieved first oil last November in the US Gulf of Mexico. With the setbacks in the rear-view mirror, project personnel spoke about the challenges.
How To Design an Unmanned Minimal Floating Platform
Unmanned minimum facility platforms are a reliable alternative to traditional wellhead platforms or subsea installations, and the technologies enabling simpler designs have evolved.
Johan Sverdrup Living-Quarters Topside Sails Away
Phase 1 of the development today marked the sail-away from Kværner’s yard of the 560-bed living-quarters topside, the largest of its kind in Norway.
BP Trinidad & Tobago Awards EPC Contract to McDermott for Cassia Compression Project
McDermott will provide EPC, hookup, and commissioning of the Cassia C topsides, a jacket, and a bridge to link Cassia C with the existing Cassia B platform.
Equinor Starts Production From Aasta Hansteen Gas Field
A project of “firsts,” Equinor’s Aasta Hansteen spar platform began producing gas on 16 December, opening a new region for gas export to Europe and the UK.
FPSO Market Set To Rebound Over Next Three Years
A report from Rystad Energy shows a near-term boost in the global floating production market, with more than 30 new FPSO projects possibly reaching sanction from 2019 to 2021.
Condition-Based Maintenance Helps Develop a North Sea Low-Manned Platform
Remote condition monitoring of offshore platform equipment tracks performance data, watching for deviations from baseline benchmarks. Unexpected variances can be investigated and serviced by technicians dispatched to target the root causes—an approach called condition-based maintenance.
InterMoor Acquires BEL Grapnel and Chaser Designs
The deal covers drawings, designs, and cast patterns for BEL’s anchor- and chain-handling equipment.
RDS and Kavin Engineering Form Alliance To Design and Engineer Upstream and Midstream Projects
RDS, a KCA Deutag division, and Kavin Engineering and Services entered into a strategic alliance to jointly pursue design and engineering projects across the upstream and midstream oil and gas market. Last month, KCA Deutag agreed to form a joint venture with SOCAR.
New Regulations To Fast-Track Brazil FPSO Deployment, Boost Presalt Oil Production
New local content regulations could speed up the pace of presalt oil production by more than 21 billion bbl by the mid-2020s. Karoon and Parnaíba Gás Natural are the first companies to apply to change their contract terms. Petrobras, Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, Petrogal, and Anadarko are also interested.
Moving Away From Our “Eiffel Tower” Approach to Offshore Processing Equipment
We don’t include a structure like the Eiffel Tower with separators, pumps, and compressors on the top observation platform in an onshore development plan. And yet, how many jacket platforms are there around the world?
Shell and SBM Offshore Win OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Stones Field
Shell and SBM Offshore won recognition for their Gulf of Mexico Stones field development. The OTC Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented during a luncheon on 1 May at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
New Offshore Designs Win ABS Early Approvals
ABS granted Approval in Principle to new designs for a floating production storage and offloading hull, a self-elevating unit for a mobile offshore drilling unit, and a tension-leg platform.
GATE Energy Joins Ranks of Contract Awardees for Noble’s Leviathan Project
GATE Energy is the most recent contract awardee for Noble Energy’s Leviathan project offshore Israel. It will provide the commissioning of the production platform for the megaproject.
Passive-Fire-Protection Optimization in Offshore Topside Structures
Applying sufficient passive fire protection (PFP) on topside structural-steel members is critical. Simplified and conservative approaches are available to estimate the extent and amount of PFP necessary.
Three-Sided Passive Fire Protection on Steel-Beam Decks for Offshore Installations
This study presents an overview of the structural response and failure mechanism of three-sided protected beams and proposes design solutions.
Solving Deepwater Challenges in a Low Price Environment
Construction costs, contractor involvement, flow assurance, and the integration of new technologies created to improve production are some of the deepwater challenges exacerbated by the current low price environment.
The Unexpected Challenges in an FPSO Mooring Project
A routine maintenance project became more complicated when an ROV inspection exposed unexpected trenching that reduced the holding capacity of the system.
Monitoring, Maintenance Of Mooring Systems Help To Extend Design Life of Production Facilities
As many platforms begin to produce beyond their design life, maintenance of mooring systems becomes more critical. With redundancies in place, operators may be unaware of initial failures, which can have major consequences if another failure occurs.
Floating Production Systems Expenditure To Total USD 81 Billion From 2015 to 2019
Though the projects that have already been sanctioned will ensure that spending in the FPS sector will remain high over the forecast period, the growth in FPS market is significantly less than expected due to the collapse in oil prices, and installations in 2018 will decline.
Lessons Learned as World's First Cell Spar Laid to Rest
After 10 years, the world’s first cell spar, Anadarko’s Red Hawk, was decommissioned. It remained the only cell spar fabricated and again made history as the deepest floating production unit ever decommissioned in the GOM.
Spar Innovations: Thinking Inside the Box Reaps Savings
For Anadarko, the secret of the “design one, build many” approach to offshore production facilities is to control its enthusiasm for change. The company’s experience with eight operated spars shows the benefits gained with this approach.
Commissioning: Making the Connection Between Construction and Operations
Although the commissioning of a floating production system (FPS) generally takes place between the “mechanical completion” and “first oil” stages, commissioning activities begin long before then.
LLOG’S Delta House Who Dat Writ Large
LLOG Exploration’s Delta House floating production system (FPS) looms large over Kiewit Offshore Services’ fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas.
Fast Production Recovery of a Typhoon-Damaged Oil Field in the South China Sea
After severe damage in a typhoon, the Huizhou oil field in the South China Sea was back on production in 5.5 months. This paper reviews how this feat was accomplished.
PF&C Summer Lecture Series Focuses on Floating Production Systems
The SPE Gulf Coast Section’s Project, Facilities, and Construction study group is hosting a series of lectures, “What Have We Learned About Host Selection in Deepwater GOM After 20 Years of Being Off the Shelf?
Floating Production Systems Expenditure To Total USD 99 Billion From 2014 to 2018
The market for floating production systems is growing rapidly, with spending from 2014-2018 expected to increase more than 100% from the prior 5-year period. Factors such as increased local content contribute to growing expenditures.
GTL FPSO—An Alternative Solution to Offshore Stranded Gas
Roughly one-half of global gas reserves are considered stranded gas--uneconomical because of the remote location of potential markets, lack of economic transportation and infrastructure, or the lack of conversion technology. An FPSO with gas to liquids conversion is an option for stranded gas.
Debottlenecking Existing Offshore Production Facilities To Safely Extend Their Operation Capacities
Good early production caused an FPSO to reach the design topside limit with only five wells connected. A study was undertaken to determine how bottlenecks could be reduced to allow greater production without compromising process safety.
Topside Processing Plants Go Compact on FPSOs
The development of compact topside processing plants for floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels is a growing industry trend that can reduce operating and capital expenditures over the life of the vessel, a researcher and scientist said recently.
Tanker Conversions to FPSO Design and Integrity Management -Challenges
Conversion of very large crude carriers to FPSO's can speed time to first oil under the right conditions, there are many considerations in the planning and execution of these conversions.
Trends in Facilities Design and Construction
Operators’ demands for structural designs are changing along with the need to produce from harsher environments, deeper waters, remote areas, and marginal fields. New-builds and modifications require different approaches in assessment of cost, design, and construction.
Floating Production Expenditure Set to Double by 2017
Expenditures for floating production systems are expected to more than double in the next five years. This growth is driven by multiple factors.
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