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Certificate in FPSOs

Study the design and operation of FPSOs with our training course by tutored distance learning

Starts: 6th April 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning

During the course you will study the following modules:

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Offshore Exploration, Production,Field Development and Floating Production Hosts

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

  • The background factors that led to the development of floating production systems
  • How and where oil and gas can form in the Earth and how it is located
  • The importance of the geological information to predict how the oil will flow
  • How a well is drilled
  • The factors that will make oil flow from the source to the production facility
  • The effect of weather, sea conditions, economic and political factors on the development of a floating production system

Module breakdown:

  • 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
    • FPSOs
    • Semisubmersibles
    • Spars
    • Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs)
  • FPSO Market Overview

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

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

  • How International agreements assign seabed and sub seabed minerals and oil rights to individual countries
  • How the UK awards licences to companies to exploit any oil and gas deposits within its domain
  • How a country’s government gains fiscal rewards for their oil and gas resources

 

Module breakdown:

  • Government licence award and approvals for a field development plan
  • Project development strategy and planning
  • Project management procedures
  • Contracting options
  • Field project options
    • Development and selection procedures
  • FPSO considerations
    • New build vs. lease
    • New build vs. tanker conversion
    • Turret configurations or spread moored
    • Storage capacity
    • Metocean (meteorological and oceanographic) parameters
  • Field development contracts

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

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

  • How International agreements assign seabed and sub seabed minerals and oil rights to individual countries
  • How the UK awards licences to companies to exploit any oil and gas deposits within its domain
  • How a country’s government gains fiscal rewards for their oil and gas resources

Module breakdown:

  • Hull
    • Hydrodynamics and model testing
    • New construction or tanker conversion
  • FLNG/FSRU
    • Offshore LNG storage
    • Current projects
    • FSRU concept
  • 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

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Topside Processes: Production, Storage and Export

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

  • That reservoir fluids (oil and gas), vary from field to field and this will determine the processing system requirements
  • The working principles of separators, inter-heaters, electrostatic coalescers and their typical uses in oil separation
  • The working principles of gas compressors, coolers and dehydration equipment in the gas compression and treatment systems
  • How hydro-cyclones, degassers work
  • The treatment of water injection
  • The purpose of filters, sterilising units. deaerators and water injection pumps and also sulphate removal

     

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     the legislation requirements for the level of retained oil in the produced water for disposal into the sea and the process equipment to achieve   this.

 

Module breakdown:

  • Topsides process requirements
  • Main topsides functions
    • Oil separation
    • Gas compression
    • Produced water treatment
    • Injection water treatment
  • Other topsides functions
    • Power generation
    • Topsides process utilities (e.g. heating and cooling medium, chemicals for injection and flares systems)
    • 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

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Regulatory Requirements, Safety and Environmental Issues

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

  • The reasons why oil and gas industry operations are risk sensitive and therefore why safety, risk and reliability engineering is crucial
  • The principles of a Safety Case Approach and how this difference from a Rules Based Approach
  • The main techniques employed  in identifying the major hazards in an FPSO
  • How safety critical elements are identified and the safety scheme verified
  • The Alarp principle
  • How the layout of the FPSO is designed with regard to safety
  • The importance of Emergency Response planning and the elements included
  • The principles of the Environmental Impact Assessment and the growing importance of this today

Module breakdown:

  • Regulatory requirements for FPSOs
    • Coastal states’ requirements and oil and gas processing host
    • Classification societies
    • Flag state requirements
    • Codes and regulations
  • Safety
    • Safety case approach (self-goal setting by risk assessment process)
    • Rule-based safety approaches
    • Verification and audit
  • Main FPSO safety risks
    • Fire and blast
    • Damage by other vessels and helicopters
  • Accident examples
  • Environmental issues
    • Flared gas
    • Oil spills and leaks
    • Hydrocarbon emissions
  • FPSO field environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental incident example

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Contractual, Economic and Risk Considerations; Field Development Case Studies

On completing this module you will have an understanding of:

  • The worldwide use of FPSOs as part of a Field Development
  • The steps in a Field Development Project
  • A Field Development must be assessed to see whether it can be done economically
  • The classification, principles and importance of risk management

Module breakdown:

  • Steps in a field development
  • Field partners
  • Capital costs (CAPEX)
  • Operational costs (OPEX)
  • Evaluating and managing risks
    • Classification of risk
    • Risk management
  • FPSO Commissioning (in yard) and start-up (in field)
  • Examples of fields developed with FPSOs
    • Small North Sea fields (shallow water)
    • Large deepwater fields in West Africa
    • Large deepwater fields in Brazil
    • Fields in S. E. Asia and Australia
    • Other global fields

This is a perfectly structured course with well prepared materials

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