An overview of unique challenges associated with operating offshore facilities in an Arctic environment is discussed using the BP Northstar development as the topic. Northstar is located 6 miles offshore in the Beaufort Sea of Alaska. This paper briefly addresses challenges faced by developments of this type in environmentally sensitive areas as well as unusual construction and operating issues which do not arise in traditional offshore designs. This paper would be of interest to those who are considering or are engaged in similar cold region offshore developments.
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Operational and Start-Up Experiences for First Arctic Offshore Island Facility: BP Northstar Project
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Summers, SM. "Operational and Start-Up Experiences for First Arctic Offshore Island Facility: BP Northstar Project." Proceedings of the ASME 2004 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering. 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 3. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. June 20–25, 2004. pp. 961-970. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2004-51374
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