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Analyses of a Large Diameter Steel Lazy Wave Riser for Ultra Deepwater in Campos Basin

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Ricardo Franciss, Elton Ribeiro

Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2004-51176, pp. 355-361; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 20–25, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3743-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3738-6
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Petrobras is going deeper and some fields are feasible only if the production platforms are installed in ultra deep waters, close to the wells. In one case in Campos Basin, for example, the platform will be installed at 1255 m water depth and the solution to allow the production is based on the evolution of flexible lines for high pressure and high loads. For the oil export line, however, a steel rigid line was chosen, due to the large diameter. Some analyses were performed in order to make it feasible the installation of an 18-inch SCR export oil line. Due to fatigue loads, the free hanging catenary configuration did not match with API RP 2RD recommendations, so Petrobras decided to change the original shape to Lazy Wave in order to reduce the top loads and increase the fatigue life. But, some configurations are not feasible to install. High angles close to the installation vessel or high stresses close to the flotation segments are some problems that must be solved. This article will present the steps made to reach a configuration that will make feasible the installation of this riser, in parallel to the static and dynamic analysis, to maintain the stresses in an allowable level, in accordance with API RP 2RD.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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