Technology and Teamwork Achieve World Class Success for Shell Perdido

Perdido Spar at Technip's fabrication yard in Pari, Finland

In the high-risk ultra deepwater environment, success depends on two key components: technology and teamwork. Shell and Technip have applied innovative technologies and worked in concert as a team to achieve project success and set several world records for the Perdido Regional Host.

 

Resources for Results

 

Shell selected Technip to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Perdido Spar hull and mooring system.

Shell’s choice of Technip as its EPC company is a natural outcome of their long-term working relationship and Technip’s extensive experience in Spar development. In fact, the Perdido Regional Host is the fourteenth Spar delivered by Technip. In 2004, Shell and Technip had accomplished the world’s first installation of steel catenary risers at 1,939 m (6,360 ft) for the Na Kika project.

Technip was able deliver the special aspects of the Perdido project because of its engineering design expertise, industrial assets (manufacturing plants, spoolbases, construction yard) on five continents, and its own fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

 

Spar at Record Ultra Deepwater Depth

 

Moored in close to 8,000 ft of water, the Perdido Spar is the deepest Spar production facility in the world and the first with DVA (direct vertical access), which will reduce drilling costs, simplify workovers, and facilitate access to subsea equipment. The Spar has a robust design that will help the facility weather extreme hurricanes better than other traditional production platforms.

Technip used its high-technology Deep Blue vessel to lay pipelines and risers for the Shell Perdido project.

Technip’s responsibilities encompassed Spar hull and mooring system design and fabrication, loading out onto a transportation vessel, transportation, and quayside delivery at a yard of the Gulf of Mexico. Technip’s operations and engineering center in Houston performed the overall project management and the global engineering design. The detailed hull design and fabrication was carried out by Technip’s yard in Pori, Finland. It should be noted that the Perdido project delivered the best safety performance to-date, for a Spar delivered from Pori, with no LTT’s in over 2.5 millions manhours worked.

 

Extended Length Flowline and Pipeline

 

Technip has helped set two new industry records associated with the flowlines and risers. Perdido is the deepest reeled flowline installation at a water depth of 2,961 m (9,713 ft). The facility also features the deepest reeled steel catenary riser installation at a water depth of 2,469 m (8,100 ft). The flowline and riser have a total length of 13.2 km (8.2 miles). The pipeline reached a maximum water depth of 9,713 ft along the route.

Perdido Spar as it is being transported to the final outfitting yard in the Gulf of Mexico.

Technip’s operating center in Houston executed the project. The pipeline was welded at the Group’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama. The offshore installation was performed using the Deep Blue, Technip’s deepwater pipelay vessel.

 

Umbilicals

 

Technip provided the engineering and manufacture of a total of four dynamic umbilicals, three static umbilicals, and two steel tube flying leads with associated topside and subsea hardware. Technip set another industry record for the umbilicals: the Perdido 1TOB umbilical is the deepest umbilical at 2,946 m (9,666 ft). The total umbilical length was approximately 51,729 m (169,723 ft). Prior to manufacture of themain umbilicals for the project, Technip’s DUCO division had built a prototype umbilical that was subjected to a series of qualification tests to prove the design for the challenging ultra deepwater environment.

Duco 1TOB 3 pass umbilical

 

Technology Driving Opportunity

 

Shell Perdido’s success is a testament to the leadership of both Shell and Technip in turning high risk challenges into safe and high-reward opportunities in the ultra deepwater subsea market. The Shell Perdido project is a great milestone for Technip towards achieving its goal to become a reference company for HS&E, on-time delivery and new technology.

Technip USA, Inc.
11700 Katy Freeway - Suite 150
Houston, Texas 77079
Tel: (281) 870-1111
Website: www.technip.com

Related Articles

Fabricating the Single-Lift Topsides

07/01/2010 The Perdido team faced a tough decision. A conventional topsides design required a series of modules that would have to be fabricated onshore, then...

The Bayou Companies provide welding, coating and insulation services around the world

04/01/2010 Straight on the heels of successfully fabricating and supplying pipe line end terminals (PLET) for Shell’s Ursa/Princess waterflood project, ...

Oceaneering Installs Record Diverless Deepwater HOOPS Tie-in

04/01/2010 Who would cut a perfectly good pipeline? Oceaneering worked with Shell to add a new tie-in for the Perdido oil export pipeline to the currently ope...

Kiewit Offshore Services experience and no surprises approach results in quality services for the offshore oil and gas industry

04/01/2010 KOS’ extensive experience in fabricating large, complex topsides enabled the company to meet the challenges associated with the multi-discipl...

Noble Corp.’s innovative engineering helps Shell to develop Perdido

04/01/2010 Long before the industry dared to dream that operating in the ultra-deepwater of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico could be possible, Noble took a bold and p...

SCHLUMBERGER PIONEERS RECORD DEEPWATER OPEN-HOLE GRAVEL PACK COMPLETIONS

04/01/2010 Two extremes define Perdido’s early development wells: The water is very deep, and the reservoirs are very shallow below the mudline. The dif...

H&Ps Rig 205 ready for Perdido Spar drilling, completions, interventions

04/01/2010

With special modifications, 20,000-ft SCR rig to tackle subsea wells located in up to 9,627 feet of water

HORNBECK OFFSHORE SHELTERED SOME OF PERDIDO’S MOST VALUABLE ASSETS

04/01/2010 As many as 220 people per shift came to work aboard the Perdido deepwater spar during the peak of commissioning and hookup, but it was a short comm...

Halliburton Providing Life-of-Field Solutions for Shell Perdido

04/01/2010 The Shell Perdido project represents an industry milestone in overcoming the technology challenges of ultra-deep waters, subsalt drilling, and comp...
White Papers

2015 Global Engineering Information Management Solutions Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global...
Sponsored by

Three Tips to Improve Safety in the Oil Field

Working oil fields will always be tough work with inherent risks. There’s no getting around that. Ther...
Sponsored by

Pipeline Integrity: Best Practices to Prevent, Detect, and Mitigate Commodity Releases

Commodity releases can have catastrophic consequences, so ensuring pipeline integrity is crucial for p...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Digital Asset Approach - Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations

There is constant, intensive change in the capital projects and asset life cycle management. New chall...
Sponsored by

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry with EPPM

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and life cycles extending over decades, oil an...
Sponsored by

Asset Decommissioning in Oil & Gas: Transforming Business

Asset intensive organizations like Oil and Gas have their own industry specific challenges when it com...
Sponsored by

Squeezing the Green: How to Cut Petroleum Downstream Costs and Optimize Processing Efficiencies with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Solutions

As the downstream petroleum industry grapples with change in every sector and at every level, includin...
Sponsored by

7 Steps to Improve Oil & Gas Asset Decommissioning

Global competition and volatile markets are creating a challenging business climate for project based ...
Sponsored by
Available Webcasts

On Demand

OGJ's Midyear Forecast 2015

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

This webcast is to be presented by OGJ Editor Bob Tippee and Senior Economic Editor Conglin Xu.  They will summarize the Midyear Forecast projections in key categories, note important changes from January’s forecasts, and examine reasons for the adjustments.

register:WEBCAST


Predictive Analytics in your digital oilfield - Optimize Production Yield and Reduce Operational Costs

Tue, Jul 7, 2015

Putting predictive analytics to work in your oilfield can help you anticipate failures, plan and schedule work in advance, eliminate emergency work and catastrophic failures, and at the same time you can optimize working capital and improve resource utilization.  When you apply analytic capabilities to critical production assets it is possible to reduce non-productive time and increase your yield.

Learn how IBM's analytics capabilities can be applied to critical production assets with the goal of reducing non-productive time, increasing yield and reducing operations costs.

register:WEBCAST


Cognitive Solutions for Upstream Oil and Gas

Fri, Jun 12, 2015

The oil & gas sector is under pressure on all sides. Reserves are limited and it’s becoming increasingly expensive to find and extract new resources. Margins are already being squeezed in an industry where one wrong decision can cost millions. Analyzing data used in energy exploration can save millions of dollars as we develop ways to predict where and how to extract the world’s massive energy reserves.

This session with IBM Subject Matter Experts will discuss how IBM Cognitive Solutions contribute to the oil and gas industry using predictive analytics and cognitive computing, as well as real time streaming for exploration and drilling.

register:WEBCAST


The Alternative Fuel Movement: Four Need-to-Know Excise Tax Complexities

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

Discussion on how to approach, and ultimately embrace, the alternative fuel market by pulling back the veil on excise tax complexities. Taxes may be an aggravating part of daily operations, but their accuracy is crucial in your path towards business success.

register:WEBCAST


Emerson Micro Motion Videos

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected