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Installation of a Submerged Buoy for Supporting Risers (BSR) System in Campos Basin Site

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Jairo Bastos de Araújo, José Carlos Lima de Almeida

PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Antonio Carlos Fernandes

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

Paper No. OMAE2011-50167, pp. 747-752; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/OMAE2011-50167
From:
  • 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

abstract

The BSR (Buoy for Supporting Risers) concept is composed by a submerged buoy anchored to the sea bottom by tethers and intended to support risers coming from the bottom (probably SCRs — Steel Catenary Risers) and going to the floating platform (probably with flexible jumpers). For the case under analysis here, the main dimensions of the BSR prototype are 27.2 m length × 27.2 m width × 5.0 m depth. The paper describes all final full scale installation step so that the BSR may be considered a suitable technology. The installation indeed was the great challenge of this design due the size of the hull. The present work also evaluates numerically and experimentally a specific new manner to install the BSR with the support of auxiliary mooring lines among with the four tethers connected to it. One of the installation premises was to make use of Anchor Handling Supply Vessels instead of Crane Vessels. After this numerical analysis, the work went on by performing model tests that simulates the operation in a deep water model basin using 1:40 scale. The model test anticipated several problems such as the chain stopper weakness in the operation and others as discussed in this paper. As a conclusion the work was devised the most important parameters during the system installation and suggested ways to improve the methodology. In November 2009 the BSR was installed in 500 m of water depth at Congro field location, Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. The tethers were adjusted in January 2010 and in March 2010 two risers were installed. Thenceforward the last edge of this knowledge was considered over passed.

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