BMT were approached by Technip MHB Hull Engineering (TMH) in 2012/13 during the design phase to provide wind tunnel testing to support the structural design of the TLP and the offshore DTU operations. Technip required:
A programme of wind tunnel testing was conducted on the Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP) using a 1:200 scale model of the platform within BMT’s boundary layer wind tunnel facilities. BMT conducted the studies for the engineering contractor Technip MMHE JV whilst closely working with the drilling contractor Taurus Drilling during the second set of wind tunnel tests including the Drilling Tender Platform (DTP).
The programme included above and below waterline tests with the main objective of the tests being to measure mean wind and current forces and moments for the platforms detailed inplace structural design and wet towing. For the wet tow case an additional condition with the TLP heeled about the critical axis was conducted to simulate the damage condition. In addition to the above, wind speeds were measured at the top of the flare tower to provide wind speed ratio at the top of the flare tower with and without the presence of the model below. A second set of wind tunnel testing was also conducted with multiple vessels with a gangway connecting the two structures.
BMT was contracted to provide the Marine Instrumentation System and Marine Advisory System (MIS/MAS) for the Shell Malikai TLP. The MIS/MAS provided by BMT is an integrated system using state-of-the-art sensors to make vessel, marine and environmental data readily available to the marine systems operators in an easy to understand format, enabling operations teams to work safely.
A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Exhaust Dispersion Study was carried out by BMT for Technip Malaysia for the ICHTHYS Field Development Project Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, to be located in the Browse Basin off Western Australia, approximately 440 km north of Broome and 800 km southwest of Darwin.
BMT has been providing engineering support to Muhibbah Engineering Bhd for the LNG Regasification Facilities Project, commencing from FEED for the LNG regas unit and the Island berth.
BMT was approached with the requirement for an Integrated Marine Monitoring System (IMMS) to closely monitor the FPSO Turritella during pull-in, operation and disconnect, providing real-time information of the environmental conditions and motions experienced on the FPSO as well as the buoyant turret mooring position and line monitoring.