Specific Analyses for the Reassessment of Existing Offshore Platforms Under New Seismic Conditions

Brocherie, Jérome (DORIS Engineering) | Bounhoure, François (TOTAL) | Barbier, Frédéric (Géodynamique et Structure)



The recent major seismic events in South East Asia have led the Oil & Gas Companies to reevaluate the design of their offshore platforms with sometimes more stringent seismic conditions than original ones. The Yadana offshore platforms located in a high seismic activity area in the Andaman Sea, operated by TOTAL E&P MYANMAR, were part of this important work. DORIS Engineering and GDS have developed specific seismic analyses to validate the design under new conditions.

This paper will present the different engineering challenges which were faced to revalidate the structural integrity of the different jacket type platforms under new seismic conditions. It will describe the methodology specifically developed for this project and how were identified and defined the necessary site modifications. These analyses were developed to assess more accurately the maximum relative displacements of jacket type platforms connected by bridges and to validate the stresses in foundation piles. It will also address the offshore works performed on the platforms with a maximization of SIMOPS works and limited shut down periods.

Insufficiencies in the conventional design approach required to develop specific methods to validate the integrity of the jacket foundations and the platforms displacement (bridges). This paper will address, in particular, the design methodology used to verify the integrity of the jacket foundations and to define the required topsides and jacket reinforcements. A time domain approach, based on the "ASN" guidance used for nuclear facilities, was developed to verify the pile stresses and assess more accurately the maximum relative displacement of the platforms connected by bridges. The offshore works were afterwards performed in a timely and cost-effective manner. The detail engineering and the operation offshore had to include risky and unconventional operation such as bridges pot bearings replacement or piping modifications on bridges. SIMOPS works were maximized allowing the shutdown to be limited to the shortest duration.

This paper presents the different engineering challenges which were faced to revalidate the design of existing platforms. It presents the specific methods which have been successfully developed by engineering to validate the design. This project is a good example of a "brownfield" project, from a challenging situation through development of a reliable and efficient engineering solution to successful completion of offshore works.