SOUTHAMPTON, UK – Buoyant Production Technologies (BPT) has entered a collaboration with Siemens Energy AS concerning BPT’s Floating Normally Unattended Installation (NUI) design.
According to BPT parent company Crondall Energy, the partnership will focus on use of compact NUIs for the development of oil and gas fields in deepwater locations.
Siemens Energy will apply a digital solution to a low-lifecycle cost version of the NUI to help make projects economically viable, with a lower carbon footprint than traditional offshore facilities.
The design could also be applied to tie in sustainable power sources.
Siemens and BPT have co-operating over the past two years, as part of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre’s ‘Facility of the Future’ study, developing and maturing floating NUI technology.
BPT has configured its designs to suit a range of offshore developments, with Siemens providing the digital hardware and software to enable remote control and operation over the asset’s lifecycle.
Since its formation by Crondall in 2018, BPT has developed various production buoy concepts with a focus on low offshore manning levels and smaller-scale, low-capex facilities.
- Slender hull structure and integrated (buoyant) deck box
- Open deck for topsides process equipment and personnel access
- Deck box housing power generation and utilities
- Standardized, scalable topsides and remote monitoring solution
- Minimal motions, therefore suitable for deployments in harsh environments.
The Floating NUI includes a standalone production buoy for smaller deepwater developments, and a power and control buoy, providing well-site services for subsea developments (i.e. long-range / complex gas and oil tiebacks).