Association Technique Maritime et Aéronautique

Numéro : 2658 - Year : 2014

Circular FPSO for the Gulf of Mexico

Philippe BARRIER, Doris Engineering


The exploitation of Gulf of Mexico reserves located in ultra-deep water depth should be more and more important in the next few years. In this objective, extraction and production floating facilities will have to face the particularly harsh conditions in this area, as well as the important distances to existing infrastructures.

A FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) seems to be an appropriate development solution to compensate for remote locations, far from existing pipelines.

The purpose of this paper is to describe an innovative solution of cylindrical FPSO, and to present the advantages of this solution with regards to a conventional floating platform for oil exploitation in these areas. The study will focus in particular on the example of Lower Tertiary reserves area.

This paper describes a concept being developed through the RPSEA’s ultradeepwater technologies development program, financed by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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