The Kizomba A and B projects, located on Block 15 offshore Angola, are world-scale production systems that set the pace for development of large, deepwater fields. The field layouts are unique in that they both combine a surface wellhead platform (SWHP) in close proximity to a spread-moored, floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO). This paper illustrates one of the many technical achievements that were essential to the success of Kizomba A and B projects: the integrated design of the close-moored system.

The design, construction, and installation of large floating vessels in close proximity presents challenges for managing interfaces between the major Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractors. Any change by one contractor to a key connecting system can affect the coupled motions and integrity of components designed by other contractors.

Achieving the project targets for safe separation between the SWHP and FPSO required diligent coordination and an effective communication effort. This paper also discusses the project's approach for effective interface management and close coordination to achieve safe and successful installation of the Kizomba A and B SWHP and FPSO facilities.

Realizing the benefits of the Kizomba A and B field development architecture required establishing a confident basis for the separation distance and design of the fluid transfer lines (FTLs) between the SWHP and the FPSO. Because of the close proximity of the SWHP to the FPSO, establishing the separation distance and relative motions between the platforms through all load conditions was a key factor for design of the FTLs. Furthermore, the potential effects of hydrodynamic coupling, the subject of many technical papers on deepwater design, also warranted careful consideration. The design methodology outlined in this paper accounts for coupling between two floating vessels due to hydrodynamic interaction of the interconnecting systems.

Kizomba A and B Overview

The Kizomba A and B developments are located 370 km northwest of Luanda, Angola in water depths between 1,000 and 1,200 m. The developments each have estimated recoverable resources of 1 billion barrels of oil, and are based on virtually identical production systems, with peak capacities of 250,000 barrels of oil per day.

There are four major systems associated with the Kizomba A and B developments:

  • The tension leg platform (TLP) was selected as the SWHP. The TLP supports the drilling and well workover system for developing and maintaining up to 36 production and injection wells. The TLP does not support any production facilities, except a manifold system to combine the wellstream from each well and to transfer the produced fluids to the FPSO via FTLs. These lines are suspended below water between the TLP and FPSO.

  • The FPSO is spread-moored in close proximity (nominally 200 m) to the TLP. The FPSO supports oil and gas processing facilities and stores the oil until it can be offloaded onto shuttle tankers.

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