Optimising power distribution for subsea systems is highly complex primarily as a result of the number of variables that are a given or can be selected. As an example the variables can include:
The client wanted to be able to quickly select what power distribution system should be specified for a given field development, and also for a given power distribution system what maximum offset or maximum power load could be supported. The client defined some battery limits for the analysis – eg minimum and maximum expected offset distances and minimum and maximum load case scenarios.
Viper Innovations undertook thousands of analysis runs looking at different combinations of technology, voltages, CSAs, offsets and loads and created a number of multiple variable graphs which gave pictorial representation of limitations and suitable technologies. One example of the sort of graph generated is given above.
In addition to the technical analysis for each given cable design, a cost of manufacture was calculated as was a cost for installation (a function of the required vessel, lay speeds, and day rates). The electrical power transfer efficiency was also used to calculate the through life costs of supplying power. The result was a commercial model that would supplement the technical model to allow the operator to optimally select the technology that met both the project technical and commercial needs. The resulting report is now recognised as industry leading and has spawned a number of papers and presentations at conferences.