Marine and Offshore > Introduction to Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSO) - Design & Technology

About this Training Course

Of the Floating Production Hosts used worldwide, the most widespread is the FPSO (Floating Production, Storage & Offloading Vessels). They are used in shallow and deepwater fields, in small to very large fields as well as in calm and harsh weather areas. This course has been designed to help participants to acquire the fundamental knowledge of FPSO Vessels (both New Builds, Tanker Conversions and Re-Deployment FPSOs) and to see why they are so widely used by the offshore industry. The topics that will be covered will range from the FPSOs connection to the reservoir to the export requirements. In addition, the details of the FPSO vessel equipment and functions will be described.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to understand the basics of FPSO and offshore Oil & Gas processing systems, equipment working principles as well as field requirements. Various case studies, videos and multimedia will be used to illustrate key operating principles and lessons learnt from past successful projects (with examples taken from around the world). The course material will be provided as a soft copy.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic use of Floating Production Hosts as part of a Field Development (shallow water and deep water).
  • Acquire the basic design principles and characteristics of the various Floating Production Hosts.
  • Be in a position to follow simple hydrodynamics design methods and wind / wave testing as part of the design process.
  • Acquire knowledge of the FPSO building / Conversion activities in construction yards.
  • Understand the principles of Turret Design and Mooring systems.
  • Follow the various FPSO Topsides Processing Requirements (Process Flow Diagrams) and recognise particular equipment packages.
  • Understand the Export requirements and equipment items.
  • Appreciate the Safety Issues with Offshore Production Hosts, and Legislation Requirements.
  • Understand the Offshore Start-Up procedures for FPSOs.
  • Acquire knowledge of the role of Classification Societies for Floating Production.

This course is intended for FPSO build & conversion shipyards, offshore oil rig building yards, offshore vessel building yards, subcontractors, offshore construction companies, offshore equipment vendors, offshore service providers, classification societies and marine & offshore SMEs personnel involved in the design and engineering, planning, procurement, project management, engineering production, vessel construction, quality control, equipment and vessel survey, commercial, commissioning as well as project administration related to FPSOs conversion and new-building. Additionally, it would be of interest to non-engineers such as insurance brokers, legal and financial professionals, and government bodies.

  • Intermediate

Your Expert Course Instructor has worked for BP for 28 years as a Research Associate and Team Leader, working on Feasibility Studies and acting as a trouble shooter covering all aspects of BPs businesses. These covered field Development Project in the North Sea and several novel resource recovery techniques which were taken from Concept to Field Pilot trials in Canada. His specific work in the offshore area covered Subsea Robotics / Automation, Seabed Production Concepts, Seabed Excavation Methods, Underwater Repair Techniques, Flexible Riser Studies and Maintenance Cost Reductions.

After leaving BP in 1992, he continued working in the offshore oil industry through Azur Offshore Ltd, including activities in the assessment of Emerging and Novel Technologies, Technical and Economic Audits, Studies, Production Sharing Agreement Evaluations, Safety and Environmental issues. Clients have included Chevron UK, BP Exploration, British Gas, Technomare, Trident Consultants, Fina UK and Cameron France.

Your Expert Course Instructor is a regular University lecturer at Crandfield School of Industrial Sciences (UK) and is a course Group Project external examiner for Crandfield. He also lectures on offshore oil industry activities at ENSIETA (France), the Technical University of Delft (Holland) and the Northern Territories University in Darwin (Australia). He is an active member of the UK Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and serves on their Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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