NEW TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES TLP WELLHEAD FIND TREE DESIGN

Noel Monjure, Frank Adamek ABB Vetco Gray Inc. Houston Identifying the operational requirements specific to tension leg platforms (TLPS) helps determine the optimum wellhead and production tree design. Because of the special operating conditions and compliant nature of TLPS, the surface wellhead components and completion equipment have design requirements that differ from those on fixed platforms. Designers must consider space restrictions, weight limitations, riser motion and tensioning,

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