Oil Rig Design and Why It’s Important

  • PRS Oilfield
  • 6 years ago

Oil rigs are critically important to maintaining the global demand for fuel. However, people are often more concerned with the building process of these oil industry constructs, and for good reason – faulty construction can prove to be both costly and extremely dangerous. However, before a rig can be built, it must first be designed and this process is obviously just as important, if a little overlooked. The design of an oil rig greatly determines the building and maintenance costs, the safety of use, and its overall efficiency when drilling, and it is up to architects and engineers to ensure that these oil industry staples can be created while meeting all of the standards necessary and trying innovative new ways to make this technology less costly and more efficient.

One of the first things to examine and decide upon in the design process is the materials that will be used. A plethora of factors, such as the ability to hold up against inclement weather and the overall effects of being out at sea for the long term, must be considered to ensure longevity. This, coupled with the guidelines that must be met for building any rig, is critical to the construction of any successful digging vessel. Whether or not the rig will be stationary or floating freely can make for greatly differing maintenance costs and methods of upkeep too, as well as how the platform will be connected to subsea oil wells for drilling and transportation. As one can see, there are an overwhelming number of factors to consider in this process.

Another part of designing oil rigs that is crucial to consider is safety. Everything, from the drill pipe protectors, to drill parts, to basic construction staples must be proven to meet construction and safety standards so as to minimise the risk of injury for workers, whether they will be building the rig or working on it after its completion. When examining the safety of a potential rig design, it is important to look over vital statistics regarding the materials and designs that will be incorporated into its construction. Fortunately, there are now decades of data to aid in this aspect of the design process to show what is proven to work. In this area, human resources specialists, statisticians, and engineers must all work together to optimize the safety of newly-designed platforms.

Overall efficiency is another factor to take into account when designing an oil rig, especially in regard to both oil extraction and environmental conservation. Engineers are encouraged to find elegant solutions to the problem of potential oil scarcity while keeping any harm that can be done to surrounding ecosystems to a minimum. This means every step of the oil extraction process, from drilling to shipment, must be considered so as to find ways they can be improved while considering any and all limitations of the current rig design.

All in all, the design of an oil rig is as critical to the oil industry’s success as its construction. A good design is well-maintained, safe, sturdy, and efficient, and can meet the global demand for oil as needed in the years to come. This means experts from several different disciplines must cooperate to find ways to improve upon current designs and find creative means of using technology to make the construction and maintenance of any oil platform feasible, all while making sure to preserve local wildlife and biomes. Fortunately, this can be – and is – done every day, all the while ensuring each new rig is better than the last.