Definition: “TLP” is the acronym of Tension Leg Platform. This name is used for offshore platform designed to have buoyancy in excess to be balanced in connecting the platform to the sea bed with long steel tubular structure called tendons. These tendons guaranty the stability of the platform in all dimensions regardless the waves and sea level.
Comments: Because of it stability, the TLP design provides a lot of advantages as to install the wellheads on surface, operations stability therefore higher efficiency. They are also easier to tow than Semisubmersible or SPAR.
In opposite way there are some limitations as the water depth, the costs and no active positioning capabilities. The installation of the tension legs or tendons requests also high attention.