Spotlight: Continuing production operations beyond original design life

ABS describes how an assessment program guides analysis of the potential life of floating production installations.

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ABS has been helping to enable safe offshore energy production since the earliest days of operations.

In 1975, we provided classification services for the offshore industry’s inaugural floating production system and classed the first floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in 1978. Today, we are still the classification and verification authority for offshore production units.

ABS is the world’s leader in mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) classification. More than 40% of the FPSOs working around the globe are classed with ABS. We also provide technical assessments for novel hull concepts and non-ship-shaped MOPUs.

Our position as the leading class society for offshore energy production units has created significant opportunities in Brazil, where presalt discoveries are driving offshore exploration. ABS classed many of the FPSOs in the Petrobras fleet that will produce from Brazil’s presalt fields, and a large fleet of MOPUs and FPSOs is being built to ABS class. A testament to the quality of our work, we also were selected to class the country’s first tension-leg platform (TLP).

In US waters, where we work closely with the US Coast Guard (USCG) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), ABS has classed nearly all of the existing floating installations working in the Gulf of Mexico. We remain the only classification society authorized to act on behalf of the USCG to certify floating offshore installation and FPSO design and equipment for the US Outer Continental Shelf.