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    Seabed pumping development study awarded by Shell

    News // October 13, 2005

    Global subsea contractor Subsea 7 has announced the award of a contract from Shell Exploration & Production Company related to the development and testing of a High Boost Multiphase Pump for ultra deep water.

    The work will be executed by Subsea 7 in Aberdeen and their collaborative partner Flowserve.

    The initial study phase to demonstrate the technology will include workshop testing of a high boost prototype pump, scheduled to commence early in 2006.

    The pump will be capable of significantly higher boost pressures for multiphase flow than currently available.

    This technology is recognised by Shell and other operators as essential towards the efficient exploitation of future deepwater reservoirs and in particular those with heavy oil. 

    The pump manufacture will be performed in Brantford, Canada with the final testing taking place at Flowserve’s facility in Vernon, California. 

    Subsea 7 has an exclusivity agreement with Flowserve to provide seabed pumping systems to the oil and gas industry which is particularly aimed at EPIC projects.

    Within this partnership Flowserve provide their in house pump, motor and sealing expertise and Subsea 7 the project management, system architecture, intervention, controls and HSEQ management and ultimately the EPIC (engineering, procurement, installation and construction) project capability.

    “We are delighted to have secured this contract from Shell and be working with Flowserve to introduce new technology into the business,” said John Mair, Subsea 7’s Technology Manager.

    “The Flowserve MP1 double suction, twin-screw multiphase pump is the perfect hydraulic instrument for subsea pumping,” said Kirk Wilson, Vice President Marketing for the Flowserve Pump Division. “We look forward to working with our partner, Subsea 7, in extending the performance range of this pump to exceed the application expectations of Shell Exploration and Production Company.”

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