Sustainable Building Blocks for Cost-Effective Deepwater-Field Development

Topics: Data and information management Field start-up/commissioning
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To survive the current economic scenario, the deepwater industry needs to rethink the way projects are carried out. This paper reviews clusters of information that will be termed “building blocks” for deepwater-field-development planning, discussing how they are currently used and exploring more-affordable, but technically robust, alternatives.

Building Blocks

Advantages of Building Blocks. The use of conceptual “building blocks” during concept definition and concept selection is not new; they have been used in field-development planning for more than 3 decades. The field-development building blocks are a very versatile and powerful tool and are relatively simple to define and to use. They may be tailored to the case under investigation, providing a higher-level view or more-detailed insight, and can enable rapid generation of several development options. They also offer the possibility of producing simplified sketches representing field-development options (Fig. 1).

The key components of a future offshore field development are represented by predefined, project-specific building blocks that are combined in a methodical way (often automated) to generate multiple development options to be further ranked and screened. A typical building block is the type of host required in an offshore-field development. Multiple alternatives are possible, such as the floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) ­vessel; the semisubmersible; the spar; the ­tension-leg platform; and other fixed or floating platforms.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 181707, “Truly Sustainable Building Blocks for Deepwater-Field Development: Need for Strategy Redefinition in a Persistently Low-Oil-Price Scenario?,” by Francesco Beltrami, Energo Engineering, and Kevin Hansen, Granherne, prepared for the 2016 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dubai, 26–28 September. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Sustainable Building Blocks for Cost-Effective Deepwater-Field Development

01 May 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 5