The Need for Standardising Deepwater Riser Systems?

November 2006
F. Lim, T. Eyles

Designs of deepwater risers have largely been selected by functional specifications and on a single development basis

Technical solutions have been driven by the EPCI contractors, resulting in a wide range of solutions with little or no commonality between projects

This approach is engineering intensive, riddled with risks due to:

  • Technical complexity
  • Degree of novelty
  • Contractor technical capability
  • Qualification testing uncertainty
  • Interface sensitivity
  • Schedule criticality

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