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riven by potential projects in Arctic regions and projects
in the North Caspian Sea, Technip signed an agreement
with French software firm Cervval, and Bureau Veritas (BV)
in 2012 to develop an ice-modelling simulation program
that can predict ice behaviour in shallow and deep waters.
The aim is for the simulator to predict the flow of ice around both
fixed and floating structures, and to calculate the ice-loadings
on the platforms. This program, unique in the Arctic industry,
uses a multi-agent simulator which can cope with the complexity
of calculating the properties of the ice sheet, and of each
ice fragment that results from contact with the structure,
Offshore goes further in Asia
Malikai TLP delivery contract
of the Malikai
TLP platform.
Apache II vessel
in the ice.
n 2013 Technip, in a joint
venture with Malaysia Marine
and Heavy Engineering
(MMHE), won a contract
for engineering, procurement
and construction of a tension
leg platform (TLP) for Shell’s TLP
Malikai Deepwater Project, to be
installed 110 km offshore Sabah,
Malaysia. The contract marks
Technip’s first TLP delivery
contract, and is a new step
to develop the market in the Asia
Pacific Region for deepwater
floating production facilities.
Technip leads the joint venture:
engineering and procurement are
carried out at its operating
center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
and hull and moorings engineering
are performed by TM (owned
50/50 by Technip/MMHE).
The TLP will be built at MMHE’s
fabrication yard in southern
“The TLP is completely
designed and fabricated in Asia,”
says Maarten Spilker, Technip
MHB Hull Engineering (TMH),
Managing Director & CEO.
“That we have the whole
EPC package is absolutely key
for efficient communication:
all the interfaces are internal, and
all our capabilities are in-house,”
adds Maarten. About 300 Technip
people are involved in the
project, drawing on competences
with expatriates from Technip
in Finland and in Houston.
to face ice conditions
or from collision with other ice rubble particles.
Currently the program can simulate the flow of an ice sheet
as it moves onto an inverted conical structure. This is a type
of platform design that Technip has developed specifically
for projects offshore Kazakhstan. The next stage in the software
development is to consider a straight sloping wall structure,
typical of the Molikpaq 
platform, which is configured for drilling
and production in Arctic and ice-prone conditions.
(1) Molikpaq means “big wave” in the language of the indigenous Inuit people of Alaska.
Ice flow simulation
around a cone structure.
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- July 2013 - No. 34
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