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    JIP on FPSO safety

    News // October 5, 2000
    Noble Denton Europe Ltd (NDE) says it is about to launch a joint industry project (JIP) that aims to improve FPSO design, optimise system safety and reliability, and reduce operating costs and capital expenditure.

    NDE says the study will focus upon reliability analysis and system modelling of critical limit states and follows on from a preliminary study, previously performed by NDE for the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    NDE says it hopes it will act as a catalyst to draw together current FPSO experience and will enable further development of the design process, through enhancing current understanding of the operational system behaviour of FPSOs.

    The project will address the shortcomings within the current design process and issues that have not yet been studied in any detail. The outcome is expected to identify cost-effective design improvements, based upon risk reduction benefits and life of field reliability.

    NDE claims potential benefits of the study include: a greater understanding of the overall structural reliability of a FPSO, optimised system safety and reliability; enhanced system performance and balanced risk throughout the field life of the development; a more consistent FPSO structural design approach; capital and/or operating cost benefits on FPSO components leading to designs that are more efficient and a reduction in repair costs the associated costly loss of production periods.

    Brian Campbell, project co-ordinator for the proposed study, said NDE is very excited by the new project and believes the results will revolutionise the way FPSOs are designed.

    The project is set to commence in January 2001 and is scheduled for completion within a period of 18 months. There will be two launch meetings for the JIP, one in London in October and the other in Houston in November.

    All those wishing to attend the meetings can apply on-line at To find out more contact Brian Campbell of Valerie Quiniou-Ramous via e-mail or telephone + 44 20 7606 4961.

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