Evolutionary developments advancing the floating production, storage, and offloading concept
Tanker-based floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) systems have been in operation since Aug. 1977, when a single-well FPSO facility was put into production by Shell Espana in the Mediterranean. The overall operational experience with this system at this field is reviewed, with special attention to the wireline workover facilities, which have proved very satisfactory. A subsequent evolutionary step, a FPSO system accommodating multiple wells, necessitated development of a multibore fluid swivel. A design program for this swivel was initiated in 1978; a prototype was built and full-scale testing finalized in 1980. A summary of the test results is presented. Simultaneously with the multibore swivel development, detailed engineering for an eight-well FPSO unit was begun. This system includes gas-lift and water injection capabilities. Provisions for through-flowline (TFL) well workover can be incorporated. The detailed design is reviewed, as well as the latest development whereby the FPSO concept has been adapted to the North Sea environment.
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- Journal Article
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- Journal Name: J. Pet. Technol.; (United States); Journal Volume: 35:4
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- Shell Intl. Petroleum Maatschappij B.V.
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 02 PETROLEUM; MEDITERRANEAN SEA; OFFSHORE PLATFORMS; OIL WELLS; GAS LIFTS; OFFSHORE OPERATIONS; PRODUCTION; REPAIR; WATERFLOODING; DESIGN; NORTH SEA; PERFORMANCE TESTING; PETROLEUM; PROCESS DEVELOPMENT UNITS; STORAGE FACILITIES; TANKER SHIPS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; WELL SPACING; WELL STIMULATION; ARTIFICIAL LIFTS; ATLANTIC OCEAN; ENERGY SOURCES; FLUID INJECTION; FOSSIL FUELS; FUELS; FUNCTIONAL MODELS; SEAS; SHIPS; STIMULATION; SURFACE WATERS; TESTING; WELLS 020300* -- Petroleum-- Drilling & Production