FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been named the recipient of two Spotlight on New Technology awards by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The awards, which honor innovative technologies that significantly impact offshore exploration and production, recognize FMC’s subsea processing systems designed for Total’s Pazflor field and Petrobras’ Marlim field.
“We are honored to be recognized by OTC for a third consecutive year with these prestigious awards,” said John T. Gremp, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FMC Technologies. “This is a significant accomplishment for our employees and for our industry-leading subsea processing systems.”
The Pazflor field is the world’s first use of subsea separation and boosting in a new subsea field that will produce two grades of oil (light and heavy). This technology enables economic development of the reservoir where the use of a conventional subsea production system was not feasible. Pazflor is located offshore Angola, and began production in August of 2011 at water depths up to approximately 4,000 feet (1,200 meters).
The equipment for the Marlim field is a step-change in the evolution of subsea processing. It is the industry’s first use of oil and water separation technologies in deep water, and it is the first subsea system to separate heavy oil and water. The Marlim equipment is also the first to reinject separated water back into a subsea reservoir to boost production. The Marlim system was installed offshore Brazil in November of 2011 in water depths of approximately 2,950 feet (900 meters). It is designed to extend the life of this mature oil field, which began production over 30 years ago and was once the largest subsea development in the region.
FMC will receive both awards during a ceremony and press conference at 4:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 30, in the Rotunda area of the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.
FMC Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. Named by FORTUNE® Magazine as the World’s Most Admired Oil and Gas Equipment, Service Company in 2010, the Company has approximately 14,200 employees and operates 27 production facilities in 16 countries. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services technologically sophisticated systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.
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The derrick consists of a box beam structure with a collapsible/retractable top part to pass bridges. Pipes, cables and elevator all run inside the derrick legs, allowing for a sheltered environment, reduced maintenance costs and increased safety. As such, the derrick is very suitable to be upgraded for arctic operations.
This new derrick design uses conventional drilling equipment readily available in the market, but because of its lay-out offers a clean drillfloor and much more operational flexibility as three operations can be simultaneously performed. This is achieved by having the BOP and riser string handling outside of the derrick as is the case for X’mas tree deployment. Stand / casing building is performed within the derrick.
Integrated derrick offers clean drill floor and advanced safety and maintenance
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Subsea 7 Inc. and Acergy S.A. merged in January this year, bringing together two very strong subsea companies to create a global leader in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services. With a 12,000 strong workforce worldwide, the new Subsea 7 has the highest concentration of expertise in its industry sector. It has a global engineering team of around 1,500 professionals addressing the key engineering disciplines within its business. Subsea 7 is well placed to deliver technologies that address its clients’ requirements, for example, in the offshore rigid pipelay market, not only does the company have an industry-leading engineering design capability, but also the full suite of installation techniques of: Reel-lay; S-lay; Steep S-lay; J-lay and Bundlelay.
The new Subsea 7 enables clients to access a fleet comprising 42 vessels and on booth #2824 in the Reliant Centre, Subsea 7 will showcase its technically advanced fleet, in particular, Seven Borealis, a new pipelay/heavy lift vessel due to be delivered to Subsea 7 during the first half of 2012. Seven Borealis will be ideally suited to meeting the exacting requirements of ultra-deep and deepwater projects in the world’s harshest environments. Subsea 7 will demonstrate its project management experience, in executing major engineering, procurement, installation and construction projects, this is endorsed by a newly awarded milestone US $1 billion contract by Petrobras for four decoupled riser systems to be installed in the Guará and Lula fields located offshore Brazil, in water depths of approximately 2,200m. On top of the challenges of scale posed by the project are the ground-breaking design innovations. The project is based on installing four very large submerged buoys, weighing around 1,900 tonnes each, approximately 250 metres below the surface, along with twentyseven steel catenary risers (SCRs) and associated pipeline end terminations.
Subsea 7 will also have an update on the commercialisation of its first new Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV), expected to be available in late 2011. A significant amount of interest was generated during OTC 2010 where Subsea 7 had a scale model of the AIV on its booth to enable visitors to understand the technology.
At OTC 2011, Subsea 7 will deliver 11 technical papers, showcasing examples of its capabilities in deepwater markets, its engineering and technical expertise.
Technical papers include:
• Conger – Technical Challenges and success for Rigid Pipeline
• Deployment lowering operations (2 papers)
• Deepwater Field Developments
• Lateral Buckling Mitigation in Deepwater
• Qualification of Large Diameter Fiber Rope – DNV
• Angola LNG Pipeline bundle
• Design, construction and management of Hybrid Riser Towers (2 papers)
• Reel Clad SCR Weld Fatigue
Recruitment and talent-spotting will also be high on the agenda for Subsea 7 at this year’s event. At present, the company is looking to recruit a substantial number of people globally, in a range of disciplines including engineering, project management, operations management and support functions.
Steve Wisely, Subsea 7’s Executive Vice President – Commercial, commented:
“This year’s OTC is an ideal opportunity for the new Subsea 7 to give visitors a real insight into the extended fleet capabilities, technical expertise and depth of engineering and project management resources that are available to help them meet their deepwater challenges in particular. We will also be actively recruiting and hope to attract a number of new people to join the company, through the variety of opportunities we currently have available.”