Shell lets contracts for deepwater ESP systems

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 5 -- Units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC have awarded contracts to Centrilift, Claremore, Okla., to provide electrical submersible pumping (ESP) systems in deepwater seabed production-boosting systems for projects in the Gulf of Mexico and off Brazil.

It will be gulf's first ESP system using seabed vertical booster stations, said Centrilift, a division of Baker Hughes Inc.

Shell Offshore Inc.'s Perdido development will include five enhanced run life ESP vertical booster stations. Centrilift will supply the ESP equipment, provide engineering design, qualification, and testing services. Each installation will include a liquid-gas separator to maximize ESP performance.

The vertical booster stations will handle production from Great White, Silvertip, and Tobago satellite fields tied back to the Perdido spar, moored in 8,000 ft of water (OGJ, Nov. 27, 2006, Newsletter).

The booster stations will be under the spar and tied to the platform via top tensioned risers. First production is expected in 2010.

Shell Exploration & Production Co.'s Brazil BC-10 deepwater project includes six enhanced run life ESP vertical booster stations 5 miles from the floating production, storage, and offloading vessel. Two will use multiphase fluid pumps instead of separators.

The BC-10 project encompasses the Ostra, Abalone, and Argonauta fields in the Campos basin in 5,250-6,250 ft of water. Production is expected in 2010 (OGJ, Nov. 13, 2006, Newsletter).

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