Shell claims record for ESP tie-back

Shell U.K. Exploration & Production claims it has completed the world's longest subsea tie-back of an electrical submersible pump (ESP). Gannet E oil field, brought on stream on Jan. 13, sends produced oil to Gannet A platform 14 km away through a pipeline shared with Gannet F, brought into production in June 1997 (OGJ, Aug. 26, 1996, p. 28). Shell Expro, U.K., operating joint venture of Shell U.K. Ltd. and Esso Exploration & Production U.K. Ltd., reckons Gannet E represents a milestone in pumping technology, with major implications for offshore industry. Milestone Heinz Rothermund, managing director of Shell Expro, said, "We are extremely excited about the suc...

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