Floating Production

While big projects anchored by large floating production units have traditionally dominated the deep-water picture, a cost-conscious industry is taking a closer look at smaller, standardised solutions for many new projects. Upstream Technology’s Spotlight on Floating Production investigates how operators and suppliers are finding creative solutions to make the economics work in a low oil price market, from new thinking on FPSO designs to improved tie-in techniques, optimised topsides to smarter use of data.

Advancing a fast-track FPSO

With construction scheduled for a newbuild generic hull, SBM Offshore aims to prove that its standardised approach to FPSO design offers operators a cost-saving lifeline in a turbulent market.

Harsh sea floater steps up technology

Earlier this year, BP celebrated first oil from its giant Quad 204 project on the UK Atlantic margin, an achievement made possible by a number of technological advances now in operation on the newbuild Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading vessel, the centrepiece of the scheme.

Steady at sea

An innovative floating production, storage and offloading vessel design aims to reduce wave-induced motion — and costs — of a popular and versatile option for remote offshore fields.

Cheviot plans call for no-frills FPSO

With many operators seeking new and more advanced technology to provide the solution to field development issues, private equity-backed independent Alpha Petroleum has taken a different path, seeking a “technology light” approach to its Cheviot development off the UK.