Safety Engineering Support to FPSO Modification Works

BMT has been engaged by Client to provide full-time safety engineering support for an offshore Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) modification project.

The Requirement

BMT provided full time safety engineering support to an offshore Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) modification project located in the Chim Sao Field, approximately 350 km offshore Vietnam. The facility handles the processing and storage of crude oil and gas streams to export quality.

The FPSO is moored through an internal turret, enabling the vessel to swivel and weather vane under the prevailing weather conditions.

In order to maintain reliable steam and power for FPSO operations there was a need for an additional power generation system. This operational improvement work required an additional 40 personnel (beyond the maximum persons on board of 80). The proposed solution was to install permanent additional living quarters to accommodate the required increase of personnel.

What We Delivered

  • Consolidated crucial project information from numerous parties to transmit to independent consultants in a timely manner;
  • Regularly coordinated with various disciplines and companies to close out the action items raised from the safety studies; 
  • Managed and reviewed noise and safety studies reports, e.g. Non-Hydrocarbon Hazard Analysis (NHHA), Hot Plume Dispersion Study (HPDS), Escape, Temporary Refuge, Evacuation & Rescue Analysis (ETRERA), etc. performed by independent consultants;
  • Updated in-house safety documents; 
  • Organised safety review workshops as part of the HAZID, HAZOP, SIL and ALARP study;
  • Managed the action close-out process for the engineering team.

Outcome and Benefits

  • All safety documents were updated and delivered on schedule;
  • Identified and documented hazards associated with FPSO modifications from workshops and safety reviews;
  • Recommendations/mitigation measures to reduce risks have been incorporated into design and operations of the FPSO through action close out process.

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