OPE engineering team reaches development milestone

The engineering team for OPE's SSP satellite services platform has reached a major development milestone.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- The engineering team for OPE's SSP satellite services platform has reached a major development milestone.

Since its formation, the SSP Team has focused on validating the results of model testing (heave and roll) for FPSO application, finalizing a hull design (geometry and tank configuration) for a 1.2 MMbbl storage capacity (80,000 b/d production) and ensuring compliance with Class Society and International rules. Based on these results, OPE is now ready to issue an FPSO RFQ package to select global shipyards for fabrication of the hull and center column.

Designed for maximum stability, flexibility, and operational performance, the SSP offers significant safety improvements and reductions in capital costs by eliminating turrets, swivels, active ballasting and the need to disconnect in post Katrina-type storm conditions, according to OPE.

The SSP's unique hull design and center column accommodate multiple riser types and sizes, enabling its use on any subsea development in the world, the company says. The offloading system takes advantage of proven technology to provide fast, efficient transfer to trading tankers of opportunity by allowing them to weathervane within a restricted arc, eliminating the current trend to utilize a dedicated CALM buoy and the associated CAPEX.

The SSP engineering team includes:
• OPE – Overall project management of the SSP unit and design of the center column
• IntecSEA (WorleyParsons Group) – Hull, mooring and marine system detail design
• Alliance Engineering – Design for 5, 10 and 20 thousand metric ton topsides and
60-man personnel quarters
• McDermott – Fabrication/constructability engineering
• MARIN – Wave tank model testing
• ODL – Operational interfaces and maintenance
• 2H Offshore – Steel catenary and hybrid riser design and analysis
• Alkyon – Offloading system simulation.

09/25/2008

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