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Guidelines for the Management of Structural ALE Issues for Mono-hull FPSOs

Specialists FPSO integrity and risk management firm, Marine Technical Limits (MTL)  has been recognised for its outstanding work by the Energy Institute.

 The company, which is head-quartered in Kintore, Aberdeenshire had its “Guidelines for the Management of Structural ALE Issues for Mono-hull FPSOs”  published and made available for download through the Energy Institute website.

MTL employees have worked as technical authors with the Energy Institute and the ALECOM committee to develop this invaluable resource.

Worldwide, there are many mono-hull FPSOs in operation which are approaching, have reached, or have exceeded their original design life. This paper aims to provide guidance to owners and operators outlining how the hull-structures of these assets can remain fit for purpose for the remainder of the field life.

The paper covers a wide range of aspects, including Regulatory Requirements; Specific Considerations for FPSOs; ALE Engineering Assessments; Hull Structural Analysis; Managing the Future; finishing with real life case studies.

MTL Lead Naval Architect Ian Stewart said: “It’s great to see this paper now published with the Energy Institute. We hope it provides owners and operators of FPSOs clear guidance, enabling focus with regards how best to operate and maintain the hull structures, as well as carrying out engineering assessments, enabling the life of the asset to be extended. Working with the committee has been extremely beneficial, enabling real case studies to be shared within the document for the benefit of others. We hope it provides a valuable resource for many years to come.”