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Self-Installed Single Column Floater

[+] Author Affiliations
Frank Chou

FCA International, Inc., Houston, TX

John Chianis, Xinyu Zhang

ABB Lummus Global, Inc.

Paper No. OMAE2004-51466, pp. 803-815; 13 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


This paper introduces a novel floating production platform concept for exploration and production of oil and gas in ultra deep water. The developmental effort has been supported by ABB in-house research and development budget. This novel production unit is an enhanced version of ABB Self-Installed Single Column Floater (SISCF) concept. This unit is envisioned to be completely assembled at quayside, towed to location, and be installed vertically to its target draft without the need of a major crane vessel. This enhanced feature reduces the wind load on the deck and hull significantly during wet tow as well as alleviates the uncertainty on the duration of an offshore operation, thereby widens the weather window for installation, hook-up and commissioning offshore. The enhanced SISCF (ESISCF) hull consists of four major components i.e., hard tank with center opening, soft tank with telescoping truss members and opening, permanent-stability ring, and three (3) telescoping support columns. During the installation phase, the telescoping columns are used to guide the permanent-stability ring, which provided needed stability in the installation phase. In addition, because of the way center truss being constructed, the hard tank is collapsed (or sit) right on top of the soft tank during wet tow thus reduced the wind arm (almost 100 ft) and wind forces. In its in-place position, ESISCF motion responses in waves are found to be excellent because of its deep draft. The current concept combines the advantages of a spar and a semi-submersible vessel. The paper will detail the concept, and outline the fabrication to installation scenario. The principal dimensions of a typical ESISCF for a given payload will be presented together with its stability and motion responses in waves based on the sea conditions representing a typical geographical area of Gulf of Mexico. The advantages of this concept will be explained in detail.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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