Overcoming Installation Challenges to Wellhead and Conductor Fatigue Event: Overcoming Installation Challenges to Wellhead and Conductor Fatigue Date: June 2013 Author: T. Lim, R. Koska, E. Tellier Subsea wells are typically drilled and completed using marine risers with subsea BOP stacks deployed from mobile drilling units. Wave and current induced riser motions are transferred to the wellhead, conductor and casing system which can then cause fatigue issues at the critical connectors and welds. In recent years, the risk of fatigue failure has increased due to the use of 5th and 6th generation rigs with larger BOP stacks, and longer well drilling and completion durations. During the design stage, the fatigue performance of the wellhead, conductor and surface casing is often overlooked. During well construction, variations from design can occur in terms of wellhead stickup, wellhead lockdown and cement levels, both around the conductor and in the annulus between the conductor and surface casing. This paper describes analysis results showing the effect of these variations on the fatigue performance of the wellhead, conductor and surface casing. The recommended analysis load case matrix to account for these uncertainties is also presented, together with the need for as-installed assessments. Recommendations on fatigue resistant designs with equipment configuration and specification options capable of meeting these challenges are presented. Wellhead monitoring and fatigue tracking strategies that can be implemented during drilling and workover operations to address these potential concerns and manage the risk are also discussed. If you would like a copy of this technical paper register to download it (pop-up form). Back to All Technical Papers Services Production & Export Riser Concept Engineering Steel Catenary Risers Top Tensioned Risers Hybrid Risers Flexible Pipes & Risers Corrosion Resistance and Composite Risers Subsea Jumper Spools Subsea Umbilicals Deep Sea Mining Integrity, Life Extension & Monitoring | 2H Offshore Riser Integrity & Life Extension Platform Well Integrity & Life Extension Subsea Wellhead System & Life Extension Machine Learning for Riser Engineering Projects Riser System Digital Twin Drilling Riser Management Riser Monitoring System Engineering Riser Inspection, Maintenance & Repair Anomaly & Incident Engineering Subsea Engineering & Assessment Services Component Detailed Design Offshore Decommissioning Engineering Fracture Mechanics and Engineering Critical Assessment Installation Engineering Mechanical Connectors Offshore Renewable Energy Systems and Qualification Testing System Verification & CVA Well Plug & Abandonment Drilling, Completion & Workover Drilling Risers Subsea Completion & Workover Risers Subsea Wellheads & Conductors Offshore Platform Conductors Well Engineering Minimum Facility Platform Design and Engineering Conductor Supported Wellhead Platforms & CoSMOS Monopile Wellhead Platforms Exploration to Early Production Systems Structural Engineering Services Riser Delivery Management & Systems Engineering Get the latest riser insights! Receive our riser news, published papers and blog posts in your inbox monthly. * This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.