China Ocean Engineering

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 589–597 | Cite as

Parametric study on the behavior of an innovative subsurface tension leg platform in ultra-deep water

  • Xing-wei Zhen
  • Yi Huang


This study focuses on a new technology of Subsurface Tension Leg Platform (STLP), which utilizes the shallowwater rated well completion equipment and technology for the development of large oil and gas fields in ultra-deep water (UDW). Thus, the STLP concept offers attractive advantages over conventional field development concepts. STLP is basically a pre-installed Subsurface Sea-star Platform (SSP), which supports rigid risers and shallow-water rated well completion equipment. The paper details the results of the parametric study on the behavior of STLP at a water depth of 3000 m. At first, a general description of the STLP configuration and working principle is introduced. Then, the numerical models for the global analysis of the STLP in waves and current are presented. After that, extensive parametric studies are carried out with regarding to SSP/tethers system analysis, global dynamic analysis and riser interference analysis. Critical points are addressed on the mooring pattern and riser arrangement under the influence of ocean current, to ensure that the requirements on SSP stability and riser interference are well satisfied. Finally, conclusions and discussions are made. The results indicate that STLP is a competitive well and riser solution in up to 3000 m water depth for offshore petroleum production.


subsurface tension leg platform parametric study global behavior ultra-deep water 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Bai, Y. and Bai, Q., 2005. Subsea Pipelines and Risers, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 469–470.Google Scholar
  2. Det Norske Veritas, 2009. Riser Interference, DNV-RP-F203, Det Norske Veritas, Norway.Google Scholar
  3. Hatton, S., McGrail, J. and Walters, D., 2002. Recent developments in free standing riser technology, Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Subsea Pipelines, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Google Scholar
  4. Huang, Y., Zhen, X.W., Zhang, Q. and Wang, W.H., 2013. Concept design of an innovative ultra-deep water oil production device, Journal of Dalian University of Technology, 53(6), 851–857. (in Chinese)Google Scholar
  5. Huang, Y., Zhen, X.W., Zhang, Q. and Wang, W.H., 2014. Optimum design and global analysis of flexible jumper for an innovative subsurface production system in ultra-deep water, China Ocean Engineering, 28(2), 239–247.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Lim, F., 2009. Dry or wet trees in deepwater developments from a riser system perspective, Proceedings of the 3rd ISOPE International Deep-Ocean Technology Symposium, ISOPE, Beijing, China.Google Scholar
  7. Orcina, 2012. OrcaFlex Manual, Version 9.6b, Orcina Ltd., Cumbria, UK.Google Scholar
  8. Sparks, C.P., 2007. Fundamentals of Marine Riser Mechanics: Basic Principles and Simplified Analyses, PennWell Corp, 30–32.Google Scholar
  9. Tellier, E. and Thethi, R., 2009. The evolution of free standing risers, Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, ASME, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.Google Scholar
  10. Zhen, X.W., Huang, Y., Wang, W.H. and Zhang, Q., 2013. Investigation of hydrodynamic coefficients for artificial buoyancy seabed unit, Journal of Ship Mechanics, 17(12), 1381–1391.Google Scholar
  11. Zhen, X.W., Huang, Y., Zhang, Q. and Wang, W.H., 2014. Parametric study on the effects of flexible jumpers on the global behavior of the rigid riser based on an innovative subsurface tension leg platform, Journal of Ship Mechanics, 18(6), 711–723.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Chinese Ocean Engineering Society and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Naval Architecture and Ocean EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

Personalised recommendations