Norwegian company Aker Solutions and Germany-based MAN Diesel & Turbo will form an alliance to develop the next-generation in subsea compression systems for use even at the smallest oil and gas fields.
The latest alliance is aimed at developing new, cost-effective technology for high-capacity subsea compression systems.
According to Aker, the companies will build on their experience from the successful delivery of the first subsea gas compression system at Norway’s Åsgard platform.
Based on existing solutions, they will also provide customers with subsea compression systems and develop the next generation in this technology.
Aker Solutions subsea business head Alan Brunnen said: "Åsgard was a game-changer that moved compressors from platforms to the seafloor to improve recovery rates, reduce costs and enhance safety.
"We’re taking the technology further to provide compression systems that are smaller, lighter and cheaper without compromising on effectiveness."
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As part of the alliance, Aker’s capabilities in subsea processing, compression systems, controls, systems and interventions would be combined with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s turbomachinery technology and expertise in gas compression.
The compression systems will be used at small subsea fields, as well as large deposits, and also maintain output as reservoir pressure at gas-producing fields decline.
MAN Diesel & Turbo sales and contracts senior vice-president Mathias Scherer said: "Our strong cooperation over several years ensures our ability to focus on what is truly important, delivering the safest, most reliable and cost-efficient technology possible for developments of all sizes."
Image: Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo will collaborate to develop new technology for high-capacity subsea compression systems. Photo: © Aker Solutions.