UNDERWATER STORAGE--A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUK AND BRENT FIELDS

The Auk field is being developed for a production rate of 40,000 bbl/day for direct loading into tankers via an Exposed Location Single Buoy Mooring (ELSBM). If no tanker is available, the wells will be shut in, but when a tanker is moored to the buoy, the wells will be produced at high rates. Two 44,000 dwt tankers will shuttle between the Auk field and the Teesport refinery of Shell U.K. Ltd. In the Brent field, which is expected to produce 100,000 bbl/day, a 300,000 bbl floating storage unit called a SPAR will permit periodic loading by 70,000 dwt tankers for delivery to refineries. The SPAR unit, anchored in water 460 ft deep, will have six underwater storage compartments in a tall cylindrical structure surmounted by a smaller-diameter cylinder projecting above the surface and containing a pump room, accommodation, loading facilities, and a helideck. A saturation diving unit will enable divers to be lowered through a central column in the SPAR unit to carry out underwater inspections and to replace the flexible hoses.

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Industrial Press Limited

    33-40 Bowling Green Lane
    London EC1R 0NE,   England 

    IPC Industrial Press Limited

    33-40 Bowling Green Lane
    London EC1R 0NE,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1973-3-23

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 15-16
  • Serial:
    • Petroleum Times
    • Volume: 77
    • Issue Number: 1957
    • Publisher: IPC Industrial Press Limited

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00056565
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1974 12:00AM