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Analysis of FPSO accident and incident data

WithU. Bhardwaj, A.P. Teixeira, C. Guedes Soares

This chapter presents the results of an analysis performed to a large and descriptive dataset of offshore accidents and incidents occurred from 1980 to 2005. The systematic analysis of dangerous events in Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and Floating Storage Units allowed the identification of the events that lead to accidents and incidents and to identify failure mechanisms that can occur in the structures during their design life. FPSOs are effective development solutions for both deep-water and ultra-deep-water fields and their main advantage is the ability to store and process the hydrocarbons. FPSO accident and incident data provides an important means to identify the main failure modes/mechanisms and the risk levels of the FPSO systems and subsystems. The FPSO has the ability to adapt with different water depths, movable and easy to relocate, and is adaptable to work with or without other facilities such as platforms.