Buzios field development has the potential to implement several production systems due to large reservoir volumes. Considering the oil specification, the drive to use standard solutions already in place in Pre-salt area, associated with the high production indexes of the wells, Petrobras decided to tie back all production wells in satellite configuration. These facts, together with geological hazards in the area, lead to a potentially congested seabed scenario. Hence, FPU positioning has been challenging and demanding innovative engineering solutions to optimize FPU mooring as to overcome these challenges and enable FPU positioning close to wells. This optimization gave birth to new issues, such as risk of clashing between mooring lines and lazy-wave flexible risers. Integrated riser and mooring lines dynamic analysis, together with subsea layout assessment were performed to ensure technical and economic feasibility. Furthermore, due to the Buzios reservoir, well design requirements and subsea layout specificities, all FPU were located on the edge of the reservoir and flexible risers were tied back mainly from only one board of each FPU. Hence, enhancing clearance between bow and stern mooring clusters and the optimization of the risers’ configuration were of paramount importance for enabling most of the risers’ connections on the desirable board. FPU mooring optimization led to up to 30% of mooring lines’ radius reduction (horizontal projection), and an average of up to 500m per flowline reduction, saving CAPEX, OPEX and increasing the return on investment.

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