The Joint Industry Development of a Recommended Practice for the Site Specific Assessment of Mobile Jackup Units

by D.E. Jones, American Bureau of Shipping,
W.T. Bennett, Friede & Goldman,
M.J.R. Hoyle, Noble Denton Consultancy Service Ltd.,

Part of: Offshore Technology in Civil Engineering: Hall of Fame Papers


The mobile self-elevating (drilling) unit, or jack-up, has been central to the exploration and development of offshore oil and gas reserves. In recent years there has been an increased desire to benefit from the potential economics of using these units in longer term production roles either in association with a fixed platform or as a stand-alone facility. However, until recently there had been no concerted effort to develop a consistent and commonly accepted standard for general industry use in site specific assessment of jack-ups. This paper describes the background and work carried out to develop such a standard. The project is nearing completion and has resulted in the publication of a guideline document. A recommended practice and associated commentary are (at the time of writing) in the final stage of drafting for release to the project sponsors for trial and comment prior to issuing the first edition early in 1994.

Copyright holder: Copyright 1993, Offshore Technology Conference

Subject Headings: Site investigation | Project management | Offshore drilling | Jacking | Industries | Writing skills | Standards and codes


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