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.
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....
Sustainable Building Blocks for Cost-Effective Deepwater-Field Development
01 May 2017