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Apparatus and method for flowing compressed fluids into and out of containment

Methods for loading a compressed fluid, such as natural gas, into and discharging the compressed fluid out of containment are provided. The compressed fluid is injected into a bottom portion of a container system for storage and/or transport until a target pressure is reached after which gas is withdrawn from an upper portion of the container system at a rate to maintain the target pressure while the compressed fluid is injected in the bottom portion. The compressed fluid is cooled through an expansion valve and by refrigerated chillers or by injecting a cold liquid of the same chemical composition as the compressed fluid, such as liquid natural gas, into the compressed fluid prior to injection into the container system. Withdrawal or discharge from the container system to a receiving facility begins with blow down from the bottom portion of the container system without a displacement fluid and continues until pressure falls below an acceptable differential pressure. The discharge stream is passed through a separator and a light gas from the separator is pressurized and injected into an upper portion of the container system to drive the compressed fluid out the bottom. The light gas is pressurized using either a compressor or a heated tank system, where two vessels operate in parallel, trapping and heating the light gas and then discharging to the container system from one while filling the other and alternating the operation between the two.

Guide device for production risers for petroleum production with a "dry tree semisubmersible" at large sea depths

A system for use in petroleum production at sea includes a guide frame for one or more riser pipes, on a semisubmersible production vessel. One or more main buoyancy member are arranged separately on at least one riser to carry the main part of the riser's weight. Each riser separately carries a Christmas tree on its top, near a main deck of the vessel. The guide frame comprises vertical main elements extending vertically downwards from the deck, through the splash zone and through the upper, more wave- and current-influenced zone of the sea. The guide frame also includes horizontal guide plates comprising vertically open cells formed of a horizontally arranged framework of beams. Lateral stabilization devices guide the risers' and the main buoyancy members' vertical movement relative to the vessel and restrict horizontal movement of the risers with respect to the guide frame. The guide plates are arranged in at least two levels on the guide frame. A lower guide plate is arranged at the lower ends of the vertical main elements', and a guide plate is arranged just below or near the splash zone. At least one main buoyancy member is held on the riser in level with, and guided by, lateral stabilization devices arranged in one or more guide plates below the upper, more wave- and current-influenced zone near the sea surface. The risers are without buoyancy elements through the splash zone, and thus are less exposed to the water forces in the upper zone of the sea.

Marine vessel maneuvering supporting apparatus, marine vessel including the marine vessel maneuvering supporting apparatus, and marine vessel maneuvering supporting method

InactiveUS20070017426A1Facilitate stationary marine vessel maneuvering operationAuxillariesOutboard propulsion unitsLocation detectionSteering angle
A marine vessel maneuvering supporting apparatus performs a stationary marine vessel maneuvering support operation, the marine vessel including a pair of propulsion systems which respectively generate propulsive forces on a rear port side and a rear starboard side of a hull, and a pair of steering mechanisms which respectively change steering angles. The apparatus includes a position detecting section which detects a position of the marine vessel, a marine vessel maneuvering support starting command section, a marine vessel maneuvering support starting position storing section, a steering controlling section which controls the steering angles of the respective steering mechanisms such that the marine vessel has a turning angular speed of zero in response to the marine vessel maneuvering support starting command, a target propulsive force calculating section which calculates target propulsive forces to be generated from the respective propulsion systems, such that at least one of x- and y-coordinates of the current marine vessel position is maintained substantially equal to a corresponding one of x- and y-coordinates of the marine vessel maneuvering support starting position, and a propulsive force controlling section which controls the propulsion systems to attain the target propulsive forces.
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