Safety of Offshore Topside Processing Facilities: The Era of FPSOs and FLNGs

N. Khakzad, Genserik Reniers

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The need for more fossil energy resources has resulted in an ever-increasing offshore operations. Forced by the extraction and depletion of the most of shallow water recourses, the pursuit of oil and gas resources has shifted toward deep water and ultra-deep water operations. The depth of water, which hinders the employment of fixed platforms, from one hand and the remote locations of deep-water offshore operations, without subsea pipeline infrastructures, from the other hand have resulted in an outgrowth of floating production, storage, and offloading vessels as FPSOs and FLNGs. Compared to standard offshore facilities, the hazard identification and safety assessment of FPSOs and FLNGs will be more challenging due to their two key differences, that is, their size and the larger range of release scenarios. In this chapter, we aim to point out safety challenges faced with the application of FPSOs and FLNGs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Chemical Process Safety
Subtitle of host publicationOffshore Process Safety
EditorsFaisal Khan, Rouzbeh Abbassi
ISBN (Print) 978-0-12-814027-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameMethods in Chemical Process Safety
ISSN (Print)2468-6514


  • Offshore topside facilities
  • FPSO
  • FLNG
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Collision

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