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Surface Production System Options for Deepwater

[+] Author Affiliations
Beverley F. Ronalds

University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

Paper No. OMAE2002-28143, pp. 277-289; 13 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3611-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Selection of the optimum production system for a deepwater field requires a detailed understanding of the advantages and limitations of the various alternatives. In this paper the key features of five proven deepwater platform types – FPSOs, semisubmersibles, spars, TLPs and compliant towers – are compared. Particular emphasis is placed on the interactions between wells, risers and hull and how they vary with water depth. Large fields in ultra-deepwater are a challenging combination for which few systems are ideally suited: they are constrained in their water depth, riser count, or topside capacity. The exception is the spread-moored FPSO. In future, semi’s or other multi-column floaters (with either wet or dry trees) may also see greater application, especially where well access is important or in less benign environments.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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