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Three-Column TLP Concept for Marginal Field Development

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Neil Williams, Homayoun Heidari, Sean Large

SBM Atlantia, Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2009-80170, pp. 879-885; 7 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


This paper discusses the development of a new self-stable TLP concept for marginal field applications. This concept — called ThreeStar™ — is based on three rectangular columns arranged at the vertices of an equilateral triangle and battered towards its geometric center. The columns are joined by conventional rectangular pontoons. The reduced number of tendons/piles relative to a conventional four column TLP makes the ThreeStar a cost-effective solution in applications where the production riser count is relatively low or the topsides payload is small. This paper presents a description of the technical development of the ThreeStar TLP and outlines the unique features of the concept. The relative merits of the ThreeStar over comparable four-column TLPs for different environments and payload ranges are discussed. Finally, ThreeStar systems are presented for two example deepwater applications.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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