HOUSTON -- Petrobras America has selected BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT) as the systems integrator for a comprehensive integrity monitoring system for the Cascade Chinook free-standing hybrid riser (FSHR) and disconnectable turret buoy.
This will be the first use of an FPSO unit in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be configured with a disconnectable turret that will permit the FPSO to temporarily transit from the field to seek calmer conditions when faced with extreme weather events.
The FSHR integrity monitoring system's main role is to monitor the stabilizing uplift forces on five riser towers. It will also record riser, turret buoy, and FPSO position, motion and mooring data, and will continue to operate even when the FPSO disconnects and leaves the field.
BMT will partner with Chemtech, who will provide software packages, and Sonardyne, who will supply acoustic positioning and communications equipment for the project.