Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo agreed to form an alliance to develop the next generation in subsea compression systems that can be used at even the smallest oil and gas fields to increase recovery and lower costs compared with conventional platform solutions.
The alliance combines Aker Solutions’ capabilities in subsea processing, compression systems, controls, systems and interventions with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s leading turbomachinery technology and its extensive gas compression expertise.
Compressors are used to maintain output as reservoir pressure at gas-producing fields decline. Placing them on the seabed near the wellheads boosts recovery rates, leaves a smaller environmental footprint and is safer to operate than on a platform.
Aker Solutions delivered the subsea compression system at Åsgard, which came on stream on September 17, 2015 to enable the recovery of an additional 306 million boe from the Statoil-operated field. MAN Diesel & Turbo, a sub-supplier to the project, is the first turbomachinery manufacturer to have developed a centrifugal compressor installed on the seafloor. This technology has undergone an extensive qualification program and was successfully tested for the Åsgard project.