Volume: 3 | Issue: 3

PF&C Summer Lecture Series Focuses on Floating Production Systems


The SPE Gulf Coast Section’s Project, Facilities, and Construction study group is hosting a series of lectures, “What Have We Learned About Host Selection in Deepwater GOM After 20 Years of Being Off the Shelf?,” focusing on floating production systems (FPSs) and the challenges faced by the industry when selecting and designing the optimum field development plan for deepwater assets.

As offshore discoveries go deeper and into new environments, producing oil and gas from these resources becomes a more complex challenge. Deepwater production requires a large portfolio of projects to be developed with FPSs. Many factors must be considered that influence the design, including the payload and performance requirements, the metocean and geotechnical environments, construction methodology, available facilities and equipment, installation methodology, and schedule requirements.

A series of six sessions have been selected to provide the attendee with an understanding of the factors and challenges that influence the selection and design of FPSs. A summary of the main characteristics and design considerations will be provided, including the pros and cons. Selected recent innovations and future challenges will be discussed. Lessons learned from recent projects regarding design, installation, and operation will also be discussed.

The sessions will be presented by industry-recognized experts from the oil company, contractor, and engineering communities, providing an introduction to FPSs for the engineer just starting in the industry, a refresher for the more seasoned individual, or a rich networking opportunity for those involved in this arena.

Each session is scheduled as a 1-hour presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session and will take place at the Wood Group Mustang-Opus Building in Houston. For more information, visit www.spegcs.org/events.