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1. (WO2017168143) BUOY FOR THE PROCESSING OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/168143    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/050875
Publication Date: Fri Oct 06 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Thu Mar 30 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B63B 22/02
B63B 35/44
E21B 43/01
Applicants: SLLP 134 LIMITED
Inventors: LOYNS, Simon
Title: BUOY FOR THE PROCESSING OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS
Abstract:
A buoy comprising a hydrocarbon processing facility for processing production fluids received from an offshore well, the facility being disposed in a portion of the buoy that is submerged below the waterline, has a pressure relief channel for venting gas above the waterline. The pressure relief channel is in fluid communication with a chamber in the buoy which may contain the processing facility, or other equipment presenting an explosive hazard, and is the only conduit through which high pressure is exhausted. In particular, the pressure relief channel can contain the effects of an over-pressurisation event within the chamber such as ignition of flammable gas, and mitigate structural damage to the buoy.