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FPSO Fundamentals

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Course overview

The course provides a comprehensive overview of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facilities and will include key strategic, commercial and technical considerations when considering FPSO developments. The key components of an FPSO development will be covered ranging from hull design, offshore loading, turrets, mooring and the SURF (subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowline) equipment associated with such developments.

A review of the key oil and gas processing requirements based on end user specifications will be covered as well as the effects that fluid contaminants such as wax, asphaltenes, H2S and CO2 can have on the processing and development configurations and project costs.

Environmental aspects will include consideration with respect to selecting the right FPSO facility for the right job in varying water depths and meteorological conditions.

The course will also review the lifecycle of projects and how the facilities are selected and costed in order to prepare the field development plan and investment profiles for economic analysis.

The course will be accessible to all people as there will be an emphasis to demystify the terminology and nomenclature used within the industry. 

The course is designed for

  • Professionals who want to expand their knowledge of the industry
  • Explorationists
  • Engineers, engineering trainees, technicians
  • Project and technical managers and assistants
  • Geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists
  • Commercial personnel
  • Service company personnel
  • Sales representatives
  • Other technical disciplines
  • Students considering the industry as a career

Course outline

Risers and Subsea Architecture

Well types, layout and numbers
Subsea, Umbilicals Flowlines and Risers (SURF)
Flow assurance 

Topsides Equipment Layout & Design

Processing considerations
Safety and hazard considerations
Gas compression and flaring

Oil and Gas Production and Export

Product specifications
Oil production
Gas production
Gas injection or export
Produced water handling 

Support Vessels and Safety


Field Development Planning

Field development plan
Lifecycle costing
Economic analysis


Course content
Offshore & Subsea

FPSO Design
Types of FPSO
FPSO components
Field architecture

Commercial Strategy
Purchase or lease
Conversion versus new build
Gas export versus re-injection

 Regional Differences

Environmental considerations
Development considerations
Frontier region versus established

 FPSO Hull
Hull construction
Topsides layout 

Moorings turrets and swivels

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