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Why should you enrol onto the Fundamentals of FPSOs course...

The Fundamentals of FPSOs course covers:

What will I study during the course?

The offshore oil and gas industry has been using floating production, storage and offloading systems, or FPSOs, since the mid 1970s. These facilities can offer significant advantages over fixed production platforms particularly in remote deepwater locations or where export pipelines are difficult to install or uneconomic to run.

This distance learning course examines the key components of FPSO technology and deployment, including FPSO design, systems development, subsea engineering, operations and economics for the development and management of FPSOs.

For full programme details and enrolment fees, please down the prospectus here.

Course content includes:

Offshore Exploration, Production, Field Development and Floating Production Hosts

  • Background to offshore production systems
  • Global oil and gas reserves and fields
  • Introduction to offshore exploration and drilling
  • Fundamentals of oil and gas production
    - Oil and gas types
    - Field size and location
    - Flow assurance
    - Reservoir depletion plan
  • Subsea field development equipment (subsea engineering)
    - Wellheads and Xmas trees
    - Manifolds and seabed structures
    - Pipelines and flowlines
    - Risers
    - Subsea production control systems
  • Floating production hosts
  • FPSO Market Overview

Project Development and Management, Field Options and FPSO Considerations and Contracts

  • Government licence award and approvals for a field development plan
  • Project development strategy and planning
  • Project management procedures
  • Contracting options
  • Field project options
  • FPSO considerations
    - Owned vs. lease
    - New build vs. tanker conversion
    - Turret configurations vs. spread moored
    - Storage capacity
    - Meteorological and oceanographic parameters
  • Field development contracts

FPSO Design: Hull, Accommodation, Mooring, Turrets and Risers

  • Hull
    - Hydrodynamics and model testing
    - New construction or tanker conversion
  • Accommodation and helideck
  • Topsides plant layout
  • Mooring systems
    - Type: spread or turret moored
    - Components
    - Design
    - Installation
  • Turrets
    - External turrets
    - Internal turrets
    - Fluid swivel
  • Risers
    - Flexible dynamic risers
    - Hybrid riser towers
    - Steel catenary risers

Topside Processes: Production, Storage and Export

  • Topsides process requirements
  • Main topsides functions
    - Oil separation
    - Gas compression
    - Produced water treatment
    - Injection water treatment
  • Other topsides functions
    - Power generation
    - Topsides process utilities
    - FPSO vessel cranes
  • Oil storage
  • Oil export
    - Trading or shuttle tankers
    - Tandem offloading or distant offloading station
    - Oil transfer metering
  • Gas export or re-injection

Regulatory Requirements, Safety and Environmental Issues

  • Regulatory requirements for FPSOs
  • Safety
  • Main FPSO safety risks
  • Accident examples
  • Environmental issues
  • FPSO field environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental incident examples

Contractual, Economic and Risk Considerations; Field Development Case Studies

  • Steps in a field development
  • Field partners
  • Capital costs (CAPEX)
  • Operational costs (OPEX)
  • Evaluating and managing risks
  • Examples of fields developed with FPSOs

For full programme details and enrolment fees, please down the prospectus here.

CPD 21 hours; 2.1 CEUs

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