Serpentina FPSO Equatorial Guinea Mooring Solutions
Location: Equatorial Guinea, West Africa
Objective: Deliver a full temporary EPCI package in a limited time frame and competitive rate, then design a permanent replacement that solves all issues of the original system.
Solution: As a fast-track project, Delmar was able to deliver and install a complete temporary EPCI package within a span of 7 months
Summary: Delmar Systems, Inc. was awarded the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for the temporary mooring of the Serpentina floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) brownfield facility, located in the Zafiro-Eagle field in Equatorial Guinea waters in West Africa for ExxonMobil. Delmar was then contracted to design and provide installation procedures for a permanent replacement to the temporary mooring system.
More Detailed Scope of Work:
ExxonMobil contracted Delmar to develop the temporary emergency moorings for FPSO Serpentina offshore Equatorial Guinea in the Zafiro-Eagle field. Delmar designed and specified the replacement mooring lines and components for all 9 mooring lines from the turret uni-joints to the anchors. These lines were optimized for the highest level of survivability for sudden squall storm events while maintaining the allowable production riser offset limits. Fully coupled time-domain dynamic analyses were performed to verify the survivability in sudden site-specific squall storm events.
Site-specific geotechnical analysis of the OMNI-Max anchors was performed to verify installation penetrations and holding capacity in the Zafiro-Eagle field soils. Delmar procured the specified equipment for each mooring line and mobilized the equipment for shipment to Mobile Equatorial Guinea’s base in Luba. Installation engineering was performed to develop the detailed installation procedures for the OMNI-Max anchor installation, pre-installation of the mooring lines, and hook-up to the FPSO top chain at the turret padeyes. The installation methodology was tailored to utilize existing the Anchor Handling Tugs already on a long-term contract in the field, as well as limitations of the FPSO turret pull-in winch.
ExxonMobil then contracted Delmar to design the permanent replacement for the temporary FPSO moorings. Numerous iterations were performed to account for trenching predictions, mooring and riser fatigue, and turret pull-in winch capabilities. Delmar developed detailed line configurations and installation methodologies, including the design of specialty tools to aid in manual work in the FPSO turret.
Delmar was contracted to go offshore and perform QC on behalf of ExxonMobil to ensure that the installation contractor installed all equipment within tolerances. Delmar also specified chain cut lengths to account for as-installed anchor locations and ensure load-sharing and as-designed global system performance. All measured line angles for the as-installed mooring system were found to be within 0.1-degrees of design upon completion.