BV grants AIP to production-friendly FPSO hull design

Written by Nick Blenkey
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APRIL 18, 2017 — Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has granted Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) Approval in Principle (AIP) for the noah-FPSO Hull and associated design and construction.

BV says thatThe AIP provides assurance of the feasibility and reliability of the noah-FPSO Hull design.

The noah-FPSO Hull is a next generation FPSO – Floating Production, Storage and Offloading – platform and “noah” stands for New Offshore Adapted Hull.

The hallmark of this hull is that it allows a flexible approach to the design and construction of the hull that reflects production requirements, rather than requiring adjustment of the production facilities to the hull’s design.

noahhullnew380Its unique features are:

  • The noah-FPSO Hull can be applied to any operational field as a platform, optimizing both EPCI processes and operation and maintenance.
  • The wide deck area of the noah-FPSO Hull permits the installation of more complex and heavier topsides in comparison with conventional FPSO conversions.
  • The modular design concept of the noah-FPSO Hull, assembling appropriate modules, meets the wide variety of requirements of individual oil fields, and provides for flexibility in the event of design changes – as is common in FPSO projects.
  • The standardized fore/aft modules and the parallel-body module with adjustable length can be separately constructed at different shipyards, significantly expanding options for construction location, as well as scheduling based on dock availability.
  • The unique hull form of the noah-FPSO Hull consists of flat or 2-dimensional bending plates, which can reduce construction costs while improving operability and availability against green water or slamming loading.
  • Applying the noah-FPSO Hull as a platform for the FPSO allows a new business model for FPSO projects.

In order to provide fast-track and flexible solutions to challenging FPSO projects, MES has launched an open alliance, the “noah-Alliance.”

Joining the noah-Alliance enables any shipyard around the world to construct the noah-FPSO Hulls using MES engineering services with a design and construction license and functional design package.

MES is now marketing the noah-FPSO Hull to achieve the common platform in expectation that the FPSO market will expand significantly.

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