Intec starts joint study to assess subsea technologies

Intec Engineering has initiated a joint industry study of subsea processing technologies to assess the state-of-the-art for three key deepwater process equipment types: subsea separators, subsea pumps, and subsea compressors.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 16 -- Intec Engineering has initiated a joint industry study of subsea processing technologies to assess the state-of-the-art for three key deepwater process equipment types: subsea separators, subsea pumps, and subsea compressors. The study also will assess the respective power and control elements required to deploy the equipment.

This study is an attempt to meet the challenge of creating advance equipment for production facilities, which are increasingly being used further from established infrastructure in deeper waters and more hostile environments, as conveniently accessible accumulations of hydrocarbons have become increasingly difficult to find.

There are a number of initiatives under way in various parts of the world to develop subsea processing equipment to deal with these challenges. However, the process is time consuming and expensive for any one entity.

Uri Nooteboom, Intec vice-president of field development, said participants in the Subsea Processing Joint Industry Study, which was organized as an offshoot of [Intec's] Long Distance Delivery Management focus, "will acquire this important information at less expenditure of time and money than would be possible if they did it alone."

Fourteen participants have joined the study to date and additional participants are invited, Intec said. The kickoff meeting for the study was held on Jan. 10. The study is expected to run for 4-6 months.

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