The paper discusses the application of self-elevating platforms (jack-up rigs) to offshore production.

Particular emphasis is placed on South East Asia, where marginal field development of short life fields in relatively shallow water depth is a prime consideration.

Cost comparison between a jack-up rig and a fixed platform are discussed using an actual estimate of installed costs for σ specific field development. The technical features and limitations of the jack-up rig are also dealt with.

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