Technology for Developing Marginal Offshore Oilfields

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CRC Press, Nov 4, 2005 - Architecture - 298 pages
The idea for this review of the technology for developing marginal offshore oilfieldsarose out of a report which we were commissioned to undertake for the Irish Departmentof Energy in October 1984. The Department were looking for information on thedifferent options for developing small oil accumulations in the exposed Irish offshorearea, what systems were currently available, what new developments were likely in thenext decade and the approximate cost of developing various sizes of reservoir using thesesystems.While compiling the report we discovered that, while all the literature and industryspokesmen agreed on the importance of marginal field technology, there was nopublication which addressed the topic in any comprehensive fashion, with the possibleexception of studies costing several thousands of dollars or confidential oil company inhousereports. This review aims to cover this very broad topic in a way which isintelligible to a general technical reader. It is not possible to cover detailed design aspectsof the various systems described here in a book of this size. References and abibliography covering the topics discussed in each chapter are provided for thoseinterested in pursuing the various subjects in more detail.
 

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Contents

1 The Challenge of Marginal Fields
1
2 Elements of a Marginal Field Development Scheme
23
3 Existing Marginal Field Technology
86
4 Current and Future Marginal Field Development Concepts
149
5 Construction and Operating History of North Sea Floating Production Systems
189
6 Marginal Field Economics and Costs
209
Bibliography
223
Appendix 1
229
Appendix 2
230
Index
235
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