The contrarotating machine is specifically designed for pressure boosting of unprocessed wellstream. This unique configuration—developed in collaboration with Statoil and Shell—enables a compact and robust design that is easy to install by use of light intervention vessels and is based on the well-proven design developed for subsea boosting pumps.
Increase recovery rates and tieback distances
The main driver in the development of the multiphase compressor was to increase recovery rates and to cost-effectively increase the tieback distances of subsea gas fields.
The Gullfaks field, operated by Statoil and located in the North Sea, saw the first commercial deployment in the world for subsea wet gas compression. Statoil estimates that the recovery rate will increase by 22 million barrels of oil equivalent by using the wet gas compression system. The wet gas compression station for Gullfaks was installed approximately 15 km away from the Gullfaks C platform.
- Continuous operation on all liquid fractions (0%–100%)
- Operation in all flow regimes
- Standard fluid film bearing technology
- Surge-free operation requiring no antisurge system
- Sand- and solid-tolerant design
- Low speed that enables long step-outs without subsea variable speed drives
- Low module weight (approx. 60 t) that enables intervention via light vessel