Design of Modular Structures for the Arctic

by Omer Haluk Muratoglu, Bechtel Petroleum Inc, San, Francisco, CA, USA,
Partha Ganguly, Bechtel Petroleum Inc, San, Francisco, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering

Abstract: Sohio's efforts to continue the production and initial processing oil from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska requires additional production enhancement equipment on the Alaskan North Slope every year. This paper discusses the reasons for choosing the modular method of construction and the development of the design criteria for the safe sealifting and transport of such structures. The aspects of design related to accommodate the unique loads during land and sea transportation stages are covered. This paper also discusses the structural framing of modules as well as problems arising from modes of transportation and from the ambient arctic conditions in the permanent location of these structures.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Modular structures | Structural design | Wells (oil and gas) | Offshore platforms | Structural safety | Offshore drilling | Frames | Arctic | North America | Alaska | United States

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