HOUSTON -- OPE Inc. has awarded WorleyParsons SEA Engineering the detailed design of the SSP-320 hull. The Satellite Services Platform (SSP) is a patented spherical-shaped floating vessel with a center column that provides measurable advantages over ship-shaped vessels and traditional platforms, according to OPE.
"The SSP offers the oil and gas industry an exciting opportunity to significantly reduce capital costs and increase performance in a wide range of applications, including FPSO vessels," says Gary Quenan, OPE president.
"This step change solution is extremely stable in the roughest seas. Tests performed on SSP-320 at Marin's basin facilities in the Netherlands resulted in less than 4° significant pitch/roll in Katrina-type storm conditions and less than 0.07g heave acceleration in a one-year Gulf of Mexico winter storm."
This model has a 1.25 MMbbl oil storage capacity and 80,000 b/d oil production capacity.
The SSP project engineering team is expected to deliver the specified material and fabrication packages in 3Q 2008 to obtain accurate construction quotes and shipyard availability.