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Wet Tree Semi-Submersible With SCRs for 4,000 ft Water Depth in the Gulf of Mexico

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Jingyun Cheng, Peimin Cao, Sherry Xiang

SBM Atlantia Inc., Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2011-50002, pp. 675-683; 9 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4433-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper presents a design of a deep draft wet tree semi-submersible with steel catenary risers (SCRs) for 4,000 ft water depth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The integrated system of hull, mooring, and SCRs is discussed. The design challenges of SCRs are highlighted and results of SCR strength and fatigue performance are presented. A comparison study on strength performance of various types of risers under the GoM environment criteria is performed. The assessment of extreme strength responses from various riser and hull configurations provide guidelines for the best hull selection. Sour service requirement creates challenges in the fatigue design of the production riser system at such water depth. Integrated mooring and riser design provides an optimum solution. It’s found that the majority of riser fatigue damage at touch down zone is generated by wave loading & resultant vessel motion and vortex induced vessel motion (VIM). Several fatigue mitigation methods are suggested to improve the riser fatigue performance, such as planned vessel repositioning. The conclusion of this study is that deep draft wet tree semi-submersible with SCRs can be a cost effective solution for field development at 4,000 ft water depth in the Gulf of Mexico.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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