This paper illustrates what is required to select and install an MPD system on a deepwater drillship by following a recent example of such an installation. It addresses some of the things that should be considered when choosing equipment to ensure that the equipment will be safe, properly sized, efficient, redundant, and capable of performing all the functions expected of an MPD operation. The relative merits of choosing equipment from various suppliers instead of a single source provider, as is more commonly done in the industry, is examined. Installation and incorporation into the rig package and how conventional operations are impacted are also discussed.

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