• 2017 February 13 18:10

    Krylov Centre dipped into the future of Prirazlomnaya platform

    The Krylov State Research Center says it has completed a major research project: comprehensive analysis of the oil production and marine transportation infrastructure of the offshore platform Prirazlomnaya — the first Russian offshore oil production project of Gazprom Neft. The Krylov Centre has performed this far-reaching study for Gazprom Neft Shelf (Gazprom Neft subsidiary) to simulate and investigate the marine transportation logistics of Prirazlomnaya till the year 2038.

    Gazprom Neft is striving to ensure high levels of performance efficiency, environmental friendliness and industrial safety of the Prirazlomnoye oil field in harsh ice conditions. The purpose of Krylov’s study was to find ways for further improvement of the efficiency and safety of marine transportation system keeping in mind the target production level of about 5 million tons per year to be reached in 2021–2024.

    For coping with this challenging task Krylov’s scientists have developed a unique tool — computer simulation model capturing a wide range of engineering details, physical and logistic processes to make simulations as realistic as possible. This software tool was employed to model a range of various transportation system configurations covering the full production life cycle of the platform. Over 12000 simulation runs taking 3000 hours of computer time were done to examine operations up to the year 2038. The research scope included analysis of 12 specific improvement measures appraised individually and in various combinations: variation of oil offloading rates, additional icebreaker, simultaneous ship operations at different terminals of the platform, etc. As a result, all necessary technical and operational characteristics as well as their statistic distribution laws were found for each option of the transportation system.

    This extensive study based on agent-based and discrete-event simulations is the world’s first-in-kind effort of such scale and scope for Arctic offshore projects. Based on these valuable research inputs a package of engineering and management solutions has been elaborated to streamline ship/platform interactions.

    A probabilistic «weather generator» was developed to model winds, waves, currents, ice drift, visibility and other environmental conditions for accurate analysis of environmental effects on offloading terminals at the platform site. Environment conditions determine weather windows for 4 offloading terminals and shuttle tankers.

    Apart from full-scale data inputs, the appropriate parameters of ship operations around the platform were determined based on navigation simulations at the special-purpose research simulation facility of the Krylov Centre. Operation of vessels on Murmansk — Platform leg was simulated in GIS space including environmental and navigation conditions of this route. Ship speeds and fuel consumption rates were estimated from special computational models used not only in ship operation simulations but also for logistic planning. A special computational module was developed to match the platform’s material requirements with the timetables of relevant supply vessels. Also, detail forecasts of cargo traffic were made for the system. Special care was taken to confirm the simulation model accuracy and prove that this model provides valid predictions of the platform performance.

    Prirazlomnoye oil field is the only oil producing project on the Russian Arctic Shelf today. Commercial production was launched in December 2013. A new oil grade ARCO first hit the global market in April 2014. The license holder is Gazprom Neft Shelf (Gazprom Neft subsidiary).

    Prirazlomnoye oil field was discovered 60 km offshore in the Pechora sea in 1989. Recoverable oil reserves exceed 70 million tons. The offshore ice-resistant fixed-type platform (OIRFP) Prirazlomnaya was built to develop this oil field. The platform is designed to operate in extremely harsh environment, it meets all modern safety requirements and sustains huge ice loads.

    All wells of the field are contained within the platform footprint: its substructure is also a buffer between the wells and open sea. The water depth at the field is 20 m. The wellhead equipment prevents uncontrolled blowup of oil or gas. A wet method of oil storage is used at the platform. The method eliminates the possibility of oxygen getting inside the tanks and thus prevents the creation of an explosive environment.

    The offloading line to tanker is equipped with a shutdown system activated immediately in case of any accident. Stand-by icebreakers equipped with the state-of-the-art oil recovery systems are keeping vigil over the platform.

    Prirazlomnaya is a zero-discharge facility: drilling mud, cuttings and other wastes are re-injected into a special purpose absorbing well.

2020 May 27

18:36 Nexans wins major subsea HVDC cable contract from Greece's Ariadne Interconnection S.P.S.A
18:06 The lock gate of the Pierre Vandammelock at the port of Port of Zeebrugge gets decoupled and transported to the inner harbour for renovation works
17:36 Sales of “Honesty” - device to measure the level of liquid in tanks - exceeds 1,000 units
17:06 ZIM posts Q1 2020 results
16:58 NOVATEK-Murmansk obtains resident status at Advanced Special Economic Zone
16:31 Transport Ministry addressed with proposal to introduce criteria for coal ports to be acknowledged as dedicated ones
16:04 UN agencies call for urgent action on crew changes and keyworker designation for sea and air workers
15:59 Cai Mep International Terminal welcomes maiden call of TP17 service
15:13 Traficom extends validity of certain seafarers’ competency and proficiency certificates
14:37 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Pola Agata of Project RSD59
14:02 First global standard for ship hull cleaning essential for marine ecosystems
13:44 Experts consider development of autonomous shipping as advantage for seafarers
13:29 Introduction of autonomous cargo carriers en masse expected within five-ten years
13:02 DEME Offshore successfully completes the inter-array cable laying works at the SeaMade offshore wind farm
12:45 Industry experts discussed trial project on unmanned navigation in Russia
12:30 Multipurpose Reloading Complex in Ust-Luga: environmental performance conforms with standards
12:01 Payment term for sea port dues remains 30 days for the time being in the Port of Rotterdam
11:03 Wärtsilä upgrades the SCANTS Simulation Complex to provide advanced training at the United States Coast Guard Academy
10:32 Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau launches fifth Valdai 45R hydrofoil for Nizhny Novgorod Region
10:05 Oil prices decrease by 0.17%-0.32%
10:03 HMM Algeciras, the largest container ship worldwide, on its way to Rotterdam
09:44 Baltic Dry Index on May 26
09:18 Bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:11 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge (OWS) from Asia to the Mediterranean & Black Sea
09:02 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 27
08:19 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Crystalia with Glencore

2020 May 26

18:32 Diana Shipping signs a term loan facility with ABN AMRO Bank to refinance two separate existing loans with the bank
18:06 Jotun hull skating solutions tested by Wallenius Wilhelmsen
17:31 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:05 CMA CGM ends PSS for exports from West Med, North Europe, Scandinavia & Poland, Baltic, Italy Adriatic & Black Sea to Mayotte, Seychelles, Comoros & Madagascar outports
16:30 Damen announces Electric Cutter Suction Dredger 650
16:05 Aker Solutions starts CCS test program at Preem refinery in Sweden
15:35 Norsepower Rotor Sail installation completed on Scandlines ferry in just hours
15:01 Baltiysky Zavod lays down forth 60-MW icebreaker of Project 22220
13:59 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and LNG Terminal Wilhelmshaven sign a contract to build and charter an LNG terminal ship
13:42 RF Government approves Customs Service Development Strategy till 2030
13:15 Rospotrebnadzor issues guidelines on prevention of COVID-19 spread for sea and river passenger ports and terminals
12:37 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard starts cutting steel for construction of first passenger ship of Project А45-90.2
11:58 Vostochny Port invests RUB 850 million in completion of wind and dust protection facilities
10:40 A.P. Moller - Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted join forces on an ambitious sustainable fuel project
10:04 Oil prices rise by 1.97%-3.43%
09:49 Cai Mep International Terminal welcomes the first maiden call of TP17 service deployed by 2M alliance
09:43 4 Caspian Ports discussed joint measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic
09:21 LUKOIL installs accommodation platform jacket at v.i. Grayfer field
08:47 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 26

2020 May 25

17:46 Transit cargo flow by Primorye 2 ITC to Zarubino port surged by 64.8%
17:20 Wilson ASA enters into agreement with Arkon Shipping to strengthen European presence
16:42 Oboronlogistics took part in RF Transport Ministry’s meeting
16:18 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO rose to RUB 6,405 in RF spot market
15:55 RF Government bans imports of diesel and marine fuel
15:30 Second shallow-draft dry cargo barge of Project RDB20, Belmax 10, floated out
15:04 Upgrading of Wärtsilä FuelFlex Injection Control Unit enables reliable operation with low-sulphur fuels
14:14 UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’ - ICS
13:14 Port of Melbourne appoints Shaun Mooney to lead commercial operations
12:13 APM Terminals Algeciras connects to the national 66KV energy network
11:51 Global Ports handles first batch of BMWs in Saint Petersburg under its contract with ROLF SCS
11:33 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves construction of MSCC Bronka terminal
11:00 Drone delivers package to vessel in the port of Rotterdam for the first time
10:55 Austal Vietnam launches first vessel - 94 metre catamaran ferry for Trinidad and Tobago
10:12 C&C Marine and Repair increases its production capacity