TOKYO– Bureau Veritas has granted Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES) approval in principle (AIP) for the noah-FPSO Hull and associated design and construction methods.
This AIP provides assurance of the feasibility and reliability of the noah-FPSO Hull design.
The noah-FPSO Hull is a next generation FPSO platform, and “noah” stands for new offshore adapted hull. The hallmark of the platform, the company said, is that it allows a flexible approach to design and construction of the hull reflecting production requirements, rather than adjusting the production facilities to the hull’s design.
MES pointed out that the noah-FPSO Hull can be applied to any operational field as a platform, optimizing both EPCI processes and operation and maintenance. Also, the wide deck area permits the installation of more complex and heavier topsides in comparison with conventional FPSO conversions.
The modular design concept of the noah-FPSO Hull, assembling appropriate modules, meets the wide variety of requirements of individual oil fields, and provides for flexibility in the event of design changes – as is common in FPSO projects, the company added.
In addition, MES said the standardized fore/aft modules and the parallel-body module with adjustable length can be separately constructed at different shipyards, which expands options for construction location, as well as scheduling based on dock availability. The hull form of the noah-FPSO Hull consists of flat or 2D bending plates, which can reduce construction costs while improving operability and availability against green water or slamming loading.