Block-modular method for the construction of oil and gas facilities

UDK: 622.276.012:69
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2019-12-69-73
Key words: block-modular construction, skid modules, superblock, block-box, block-modular equipment, block-complete devices, oil and gas facilities, block-pontoon, industrialization of construction, transportation of superblocks
Authors: I.P. Kozhushkov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg), A.P. Smirnov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)

Today, Gazprom Neft PJSC pays serious attention to the use of new technologies, which would significantly improve the quality of construction, the rate of return on projects and, accordingly, minimize the time required to complete the work. Block-modular construction combines various technologies of erecting objects using skid modules, block-boxes and large-volume blocks (super-blocks). To date, the Gazprom Neft Company has accumulated sufficient experience and achievements, tools and competencies in the development of this method of construction of oil and gas infrastructure. Particular attention to block-modular construction technology is due to the need to achieve specific goals: high-speed construction, the creation of fully functioning temporary mobile buildings and structures; simplification of construction through unification and standardization of installation works of buildings and structures, simplification of design due to the creation of typical series of objects and databases with product catalogs of unified block-modules or block-modular units.

This article reviews the experience of using block-modular construction at Gazprom Neft Company. The main advantages and disadvantages of using this technology are formulated. Issues were voiced within the framework of the Gazprom Neft Company and solutions were described. Examples of successful implementation of block-modular construction are presented and the main conclusions are formulated. New goals have been set for optimizing block-modular construction within the framework of the Gazprom Neft Company in terms of technical regulation, construction planning and the most rational use of technologies. Also, the article presents the historical experience of using the block-modular method for the construction of oil and gas fields in the north of Russia using large-volume blocks (superblocks). The technology of delivery of superblocks and installation is described. The advantages of using this technology were identified and the main problematic issues of implementation within the framework of the Gazprom Neft PJSC were announced. The article discusses the main stages of the development of the technological project “Search and implementation of block construction projects”, the main task of which is to assess the potential use of Superblocks in major projects of the Company and the expected economic effect.


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