Watching the World: Trials at Troll C

Fortune has not been entirely kind to ABB Offshore AS out at Troll C platform. The contractor's potentially revolutionary subsea separation and injection system, Subsis, undergoing a pilot test phase at the Norsk Hydro AS-operated Troll field in the Norwegian North Sea, was to have been brought on line last summer. But it failed after 2 "successful" hr due to a malfunction caused by water seeping into one of the unit's high-voltage connectors.That the high-priced Subsis prototype, the first step toward ABB's "Zero Surface" futurist vision of offshore developments totally housed on the seabed, was undone by microscopic cracks in the connector's composite molding was, though...

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