DESIGN OF TLP DRILLING PACKAGE REQUIRES DETAILED PLANNING

Paal Norheim Norwegian Rig Consultants AS Kristiansand, Norway Environmental loads and large, heavy drilling risers impose design restrictions on drilling systems installed on deepwater tension leg platforms (TLPs). The use of a full drilling package for deepwater TLPs requires detailed planning, especially in the early conceptual phase. An evaluation of a TLP prospect should include consideration of the following: The environmental conditions The size of the drilling riser needed The

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