Oil & Gas

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Introduction

Acting as an independent oil and gas engineering and consultancy company, Principia has been supporting the success of oil and gas development projects worldwide for over 30 years for nearshore up to deepwater projects.

Supported by leading technical specialists and state of the art Engineering softwares, PRINCIPIA provides innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry from concept selection to detailed engineering activities, with the ultimate objective of delivering cost effective and practical solutions to our Customers for fast decision making in a rapidly changing environment.

As a key leader in the oil & gas engineering and consultancy market, our track record covers all strategic geographical regions in the industry including the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Asia and Middle East with technologies and capabilities to address the following engineering packages:

  • Subsea Pipelines
  • Dynamic Risers & Umbilicals
  • Fixed and floating Offshore Facilities structural design
  • Sea Keeping and Mooring Analyses
  • Transportation and Installation (T&I)

In parallel, our expertise allows addressing specific issues for which standard approaches fail: multi-scales effects, mechanical couplings, quantitative risk assessment (QRA), LNG spill…

Subsea Pipelines

PRINCIPIA has a combined resource of more than 20 engineers and specialists to assist Companies and Operators worldwide on subsea pipeline projects in technically challenging environments. Our expertise gained on projects from conceptual phase to detailed design activities enables us to provide a complete scope of services covering:

  • Pipeline Engineering Packages:
    • Conceptual & FEED Studies
    • Detailed Design Engineering
    • Follow-on Engineering during Installation Phase
    • Pipeline Integrity Management Services including Brownfield studies
    • 3rd Party Design Verification
  • Expertise on Advanced Design Studies:
    • Buckling/Walking Studies including Mitigation Schemes
    • 3D Stability Analysis (using state of the art hydrodynamic modelling)
    • Trawl Interference and Free Span FE Analysis
    • Local 3D FE Thermo-Mechanical Studies
    • ECA analyses

Dynamic Umbilicals & Risers

Our team of 25 highly skilled engineers offer technical engineering and consultancy services related to all types of risers, from shallow water fixed platforms, to drilling and production risers used in ultra-deep water as well as umbilicals, power cables and ancillaries.

For over 20 years PRINCIPIA’s key capability has been configuration definition and global dynamic analysis. Typical riser engineering packages include extreme load, wave fatigue and VIV response assessments. Definition of installation envelopes and clearance assessments are also commonly carried out.
Our expertise is further enhanced by our ability to deal with all types of floater motions and detailed FEA packages.

PRINCIPIA’s unrivalled experience in hydrodynamic analysis allows us to provide fit for purpose solutions to highly challenging and unusual scopes. This experience is supported by and built on the development of our in-house software package DeepLinesTM.

Our services extend from conceptual design to full detailed engineering and in-service integrity verification. We also regularly provide engineering support to Operators and Installation Contractors during the tendering process.
PRINCIPIA is an established third party consultant that acts independently from manufacturers and installation contractors.

Our aim is to use our riser engineering expertise to provide our clients with practical, technically sound and cost effective solutions for all of their riser needs.

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Fixed & Floating Offshore Facilities Structural Design

Offshore team skills extend from mooring to hull structural assessment, as well as to topsides & foundations design, for all kind of offshore facilities.

Our team can handle engineering scope of work of EPCI or Brownfield projects, and also assist our customers in material procurement preparation as well as yard engineering issues. This also includes Renewable Energies structural items.

Our capacities embrace the following structures:

  • Hull Structural Assessment
  • Jacket Design
  • Marine Equipment Foundation Design
  • Sea-fastening & Transportation Study
  • Collision Study
  • Offshore Services Ship Design
  • Topsides & Beam Structures Design

Our analysis skills include:

  • Linear Elastic & Non-linear Plastic-elastic Analyses
  • Strength, Buckling & Fatigue Assessment
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Steel, Composites and Concrete Structures
  • Softwares: Abaqus / Ansys / Femap / NSO Isymost / NX Nastran / LS Dyna

Sea Keeping and Mooring Analysis

Sea-keeping and mooring analyses are of paramount importance for the design of all floating systems as they provide the input for multiple related engineering packages. Historically speaking, these activities are our core business based on our significant expertise in hydrodynamics.

Our highly skilled team of engineers offer technical engineering and consultancy services related to all types of vessels/floating units whatever the water depth (from shallow water to ultra-deep water), including intensive experience on the following advanced studies:

  • Mooring system design
  • Side by side offloading or tanderm ship transfer
  • Mooring chain out of plane / in plane bending studies
  • Fully coupled analysis

Our services extend from conceptual design to full detailed engineering and in-service integrity verification. We also regularly provide engineering support to operators during the tendering process.

PRINCIPIA is an established third party consultant that acts independently from manufacturers and installation contractors.

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Transportation and installation

PRINCIPIA’s skilled engineers offer technical design and consultancy services related to all types of transport and installation challenges.

PRINCIPIA has been involved in various projects, by analyzing with its software’s suite (DIODORE™ , DeepLines™ and NSO):

  • Transportation Oof Jacket Using Barges
  • Jacket Or Tripod Launching & Upending Analyses
  • Float-Over;
  • Pipeline Installation Analysis
  • Cable Laying
  • Equipment Lowering

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PRINCIPIA is able to cover the whole range of maritime engineering issue, including but not limited to:

  • Stability of floaters and jackets (ballasting sequences and longitudinal strength);
  • Seafastening;
  • Time domain analysis of marine operations;
  • Review of operation procedures.

PRINCIPIA’s aim is to use its broad engineering capacity to provide its clients with practical, technically sound and cost effective solutions for all of their T&I needs.

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Clients

International Oil Companies: TOTAL, EXXON, CHEVRON, SHELL, ENGIE
National Oil Companies, JV or Independent companies: PETROBRAS, PERENCO
Main contractors: TECHNIP, SAIPEM, SBM Offshore, Subsea 7, SOFEC, BUMI ARMADA, NPCC, Bourbon
Suppliers and Others: TRELLEBORG, GTT, FMC Loading Systems, TECHLAM, INTERPIPE, COURBIS, BARDOT, ASN

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