• Volgo Hero

    Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC

    Design of Electro-Technical Solutions and Systems for the Conductor Supported Platform of Filanovsky Field

    Caspian Sea, Astrakhan Region, Russia

Project Summary

Project
Filanovsky Field is Russia’s largest oil field exploration project of the past 25 years and the second field brought online by Lukoil in the Caspian Sea. It produces an estimated 6 million tons of oil per year. Responsible for all Lukoil projects in the Caspian Sea, Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC provided detailed design services and technical support for an ice-resistant, stationary satellite platform that will adhere to a zero-discharge principle and monitor water bodies, subsoils, and contamination of natural environments and wildlife habitats. Located where sea depth varies almost 7 meters due to sea fluctuation, the platform will be operated autonomously via remote control and require a complicated series of communication lines and cables.

Solution
The project team was responsible for all engineering design and construction oversite. Volgogradnefteproekt relied on Bentley applications to create a detailed 3D model of the platform, including all communication lines and cables that would allow for remote operation. With an integrated BIM methodology, the project team also developed detailed design documentation and provided technical support for constructing the complicated cable system for the satellite platform. Team members could also easily view the design and share the model with other disciplines and the client, creating a unified project environment.

Outcome
In April 2017, the project team completed the design and construction documents, and the project is currently in the construction phase. The team increased the speed of creating 3D models by 50 percent, when compared with a similar project, and reduced the time spent correcting errors by 40 percent. The team designed 5,000 units and laid 88,000 meters of cable. The first stages of the project were executed within a year and on schedule. When finished, the platform will increase accessibility to, and quality of, operation information. By being remotely operated, the platform will also limit the human factor in the future operation of the field, reducing risk of industrial disasters.

Software
The team used Bentley Raceway and Cable Management to oversee the cable design and construction, as well as the other electrical equipment. The cable manager feature helped with routing and monitoring cables to provide the project stakeholders with access to all information, which resulted in a 70 percent time savings and reducing error risk. OpenPlant provided 3D modeling capabilities while AECOsim Building Designer helped with the architectural construction.

Project Playbook
: AECOsim Building Designer, AssetWise, Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, MicroStation, Navigator, OpenPlant, Promis.e, ProStructures
Outcome/Facts
  • Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC provided detailed design services and technical support for a remotely operated, offshore satellite platform as part of Russia’s Filanovsky Field in the Caspian Sea.
  • Bentley Raceway and Cable Management helped route and monitor the complex system of cables, increasing the speed of creating 3D models by 50 percent and reducing the time spent correcting errors by 40 percent.
  • Bentley applications created an integrated design environment, saving 70 percent in total project time while reducing the risk of errors.
Quote:
  • “The design project of the process platform—satellite platform—has shown that there are no impossible tasks for specialists at OOO Volgogradnefteproekt. The Bentley Raceway and Cable Management program module, which helped achieve technically complex engineering solutions and deliver the project on time, became our trusted tool for designing the energy systems, electrical networks, and automation networks of the satellite platform.”

    Vasily Vasilievich Kalinin First Deputy General Director, Chief Engineer Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC