SHI, ABS develop new TLP hull concept

Offshore staff

BUSAN, Republic of Korea ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) of South Korea have concluded a joint development project for a new tension leg platform (TLP) design.

The new TLP hull concept, the Samsung Enhanced hull for Tendon (SET) TLP, was developed using boundary conditions such as those encountered offshore West Africa. One of the objectives in the project was to decrease the number of tendons needed for the TLP. The resulting hull configuration requires fewer tendons for stability.

Concept development is nearly complete. ABS performed design review and verification from start to finish of the project.

Jong H. Youn, vice president of SHI Co. Ltd., said: “We are very satisfied with this development because the design focuses on the issues that are critical under current market circumstances.

“We strongly believe that this innovative TLP hull concept can achieve exceptional economic benefit while maintaining the same safety level and technical functionality.”


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