The design of offshore production process plant is a time-consuming and costly activity where in many instances the design of each new plant begins from the ground up. Where suitable designs already exist, their re-use is often prevented due to ownership of Intellectual Property and copyright.

A new methodology, based upon the principles of ISO Modularisation, is offered with the expectation that this methodology can deliver cost savings, production efficiencies and weight savings.

The authors examined existing literature in the fields of both process plant design and modularisation relative to manufacturing. By combining their hands-on experience, the authors are a marine engineer and naval architect, with the findings of the literature review the authors believe a standardisation modularised approach to process plant and design can benefit the offshore industry.

The authors conclude that such an approach could deliver:

  • A reduction in design and construction time;

  • A reduction in design and construction costs;

  • Introduction of standardised design principles

  • Introduction of standardisation in pricing for design, construction and assembly;

  • Ease of maintenance and upgrading;

  • Advantage during transportation

  • Safer approach

  • Reduction in loss of production time via a quicker change of components during overhauls;

  • Reduction in the cost and constraints of supporting offshore maintenance and

  • Facilitation of reuse at end-of-life.

The new information presented will reveal a patent pending ISO Modularisation concept with standard x, y and z interface points. This approach, offered as an alternative to the current industry practise of designing process plant from scratch, will deliver a cost-effective method of process plant design, construction and maintenance with financial and efficiency savings.

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