Use of mobile production units to increase

Demand for mobile production units (MPUs) has increased rapidly during the 1990s, and technical development and the opening of new plays will ensure demand will continue to grow in the medium term. This is the view of Smith Rea Energy Analysts Ltd., Canterbury, U.K., which said the MPU has become accepted as a standard means of offshore production, not only where lack of infrastructure, small size of reservoir, and water depth render other types of production facility uneconomic, but as a base case by which to judge other options. "Development with MPUs was dominated historically by technical engineering concerns," said Smith Rea. "More recently, a change of commercial attitude has ...

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