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Dry Wellhead Completion for Mono-Column FPSO Units Operating in Ultradeep Waters

[+] Author Affiliations
Marta C. T. Reyes, Alexandre T. P. Alho, Peter Kaleff

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Isaias Q. Masetti

CENPES - Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2009-79586, pp. 589-594; 6 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4341-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


A floating structure is proposed to act as a dry wellhead completion support for a mono-column design developed by Petrobras: the MONOBR FPSO. After the discussion of the design issues involved, the MONOBR design is introduced and the peculiarities affecting the insertion of a floating structure into its moonpool are analyzed. In what follows, the main characteristics of the proposed floating structure layout are presented in the context of its purpose of allowing for the effortless vertical motion relatively to the housing mono-column unit, followed by the considerations pertinent to the ballast system devised to allowing for the adequate operation, by the characteristics of the roller mechanisms proposed to ensure the aligned motion desired and by the analysis of the structural issues and the proposed structural layout.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: FPSO , Water



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