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During the course you will study the following modules:

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Offshore Exploration, Production,Field Development and Floating Production Hosts

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

The background factors that led to the development of floating production systems
How and where oil and gas can form in the Earth and how it is located
The importance of the geological information to predict how the oil will flow
How a well is drilled
The factors that will make oil flow from the source to the production facility
The effect of weather, sea conditions, economic and political factors on the development
of a floating production system

Module breakdown:

Background to offshore production systems


Global oil and gas reserves and fields
Introduction to offshore exploration and drilling
Fundamentals of oil and gas production
Oil and gas types
Field size and location
Flow assurance
Reservoir depletion plan
Subsea field development equipment (subsea engineering)
Wellheads and Xmas trees
Manifolds and seabed structures
Pipelines and flowlines
Risers
Subsea production control systems
Floating production hosts
FPSOs
Semisubmersibles
Spars
Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs)
FPSO Market Overview

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Project Development and Management, Field Options and FPSO Considerations and Contracts

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

How International agreements assign seabed and sub seabed minerals and oil rights to
individual countries
How the UK awards licences to companies to exploit any oil and gas deposits within its
domain
How a country’s government gains fiscal rewards for their oil and gas resources

Module breakdown:

Government licence award and approvals for a field development plan


Project development strategy and planning
Project management procedures
Contracting options
Field project options
Development and selection procedures
FPSO considerations
New build vs. lease
New build vs. tanker conversion
Turret configurations or spread moored
Storage capacity
Metocean (meteorological and oceanographic) parameters
Field development contracts

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FPSO Design: Hull, Accommodation, Mooring, Turrets and Risers

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

How International agreements assign seabed and sub seabed minerals and oil rights to
individual countries
How the UK awards licences to companies to exploit any oil and gas deposits within its
domain
How a country’s government gains fiscal rewards for their oil and gas resources

Module breakdown:

Hull
Hydrodynamics and model testing
New construction or tanker conversion
FLNG/FSRU
Offshore LNG storage
Current projects
FSRU concept
Accommodation and helideck
Topsides plant layout
Mooring systems
Type: spread or turret moored
Components
Design
Installation
Turrets
External turrets
Internal turrets
Fluid swivel
Risers
Flexible dynamic risers
Hybrid riser towers
Steel catenary risers

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Topside Processes: Production, Storage and Export
On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

That reservoir fluids (oil and gas), vary from field to field and this will determine the
processing system requirements
The working principles of separators, inter-heaters, electrostatic coalescers and their
typical uses in oil separation
The working principles of gas compressors, coolers and dehydration equipment in the
gas compression and treatment systems
How hydro-cyclones, degassers work
The treatment of water injection
The purpose of filters, sterilising units. deaerators and water injection pumps and also
sulphate removal

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 the legislation requirements for the level of retained oil in the produced water for
disposal into the sea and the process equipment to achieve   this.

Module breakdown:

Topsides process requirements


Main topsides functions
Oil separation
Gas compression
Produced water treatment
Injection water treatment
Other topsides functions
Power generation
Topsides process utilities (e.g. heating and cooling medium, chemicals for injection
and flares systems)
FPSO vessel cranes
Oil storage
Oil export
Trading or shuttle tankers
Tandem offloading or distant offloading station
Oil transfer metering
Gas export or re-injection

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Regulatory Requirements, Safety and Environmental Issues

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

The reasons why oil and gas industry operations are risk sensitive and therefore why
safety, risk and reliability engineering is crucial
The principles of a Safety Case Approach and how this difference from a Rules Based
Approach
The main techniques employed  in identifying the major hazards in an FPSO
How safety critical elements are identified and the safety scheme verified
The Alarp principle
How the layout of the FPSO is designed with regard to safety
The importance of Emergency Response planning and the elements included
The principles of the Environmental Impact Assessment and the growing importance of
this today

Module breakdown:

Regulatory requirements for FPSOs


Coastal states’ requirements and oil and gas processing host
Classification societies
Flag state requirements
Codes and regulations
Safety
Safety case approach (self-goal setting by risk assessment process)
Rule-based safety approaches
Verification and audit
Main FPSO safety risks
Fire and blast
Damage by other vessels and helicopters
Accident examples
Environmental issues
Flared gas
Oil spills and leaks
Hydrocarbon emissions
FPSO field environmental impact assessment
Environmental incident example

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Contractual, Economic and Risk Considerations; Field Development Case Studies

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

The worldwide use of FPSOs as part of a Field Development


The steps in a Field Development Project
A Field Development must be assessed to see whether it can be done economically
The classification, principles and importance of risk management

Module breakdown:

Steps in a field development


Field partners
Capital costs (CAPEX)
Operational costs (OPEX)
Evaluating and managing risks
Classification of risk
Risk management
FPSO Commissioning (in yard) and start-up (in field)
Examples of fields developed with FPSOs
Small North Sea fields (shallow water)
Large deepwater fields in West Africa
Large deepwater fields in Brazil
Fields in S. E. Asia and Australia
Other global fields

This is a perfectly structured course with well prepared materials

Student,

2014

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