Sensitivity of deepwater floating facilities to new metocean criteria (Jul-2009) ///

In the aftermath of recent hurricanes that passed through the Gulf of Mexico, the America Petroleum Institute (API) is making recommendations for assessing the behavior of existing deepwater Floating Production System (FPS) installations. The API has issued interim guidelines1 including new environmental criteria and procedures to ensure continued safety of these installations in the GOM. In accordance with the interim recommendation of the API committees, a set of metocean conditions has been defined for different regions in the Gulf of Mexico. In general, environmental design conditions have increased and will affect the response of the floating facilities currently installed.

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