Åsgard subsea gas compression systems being lowered into placeProjects and Operations // June 11, 2015
Installation of the gas compression system on Åsgard is getting started.
Installation of the modules that collectively constitute Åsgard subsea gas compression has commenced on the Åsgard field.
A total of 22 modules will be installed and connected. These comprise two identical compressor trains weighing 1,500 tonnes each.
During the summer the technology will be installed in place in a large subsea frame that was installed on the field in summer 2013.
The installation work is being carried out by the vessel North Sea Giant, which was modified for the purpose.
All the modules are provisionally stored at Vestbase in Kristiansund, from where they are shipped following commissioning and testing in Egersund.
The modules comprising the subsea gas compression plant vary in size. The smallest modules are being installed via the vessel's moonpool, through which the modules are lowered. Modules with a maximum weight of up to 70 tonnes can be installed in this way.
Several of the modules to be installed in the subsea plant are too large to be lowered through the moonpool. Thus, the ship's crane system has been modified to incorporate a so-called special handling system (SHS).
The SHS was designed to carry a load of up to 420 tonnes and can operate in up to 9m high waves. Each module is lowered into the sea via a crane and guided into place with a ROV and cables.
"This crane system makes the installation work safer and more efficient. To ensure quality at every stage of the process, all operational crew have practised the operations in a specially designed simulator. We have also performed a number of sea trials prior to installation," said project director Torstein Vinterstø.
The installation sequence has been carefully planned so that start-up work can be carried out on the first compressor train while work to install modules on Train 2 continues.
The operations organisation in Stjørdal, which will take over the plant once it has been completed on the project side, is closely following the installation work, which, thus far, has been carried out to a high level of quality and in accordance with the established schedule.
"I am very pleased that we have now commenced the installation work and that preparations for start up and operation are now underway," said Snorre Grande, senior vice president for Åsgard subsea gas compression in Field Development. "The ship fitted with the new crane system will also be a good tool for us once the system becomes operational, he said.
All of the units are handled by ROVs when they arrive on the seabed.