Deepwell pump

Wärtsilä is set to supply a range of pumping solutions for a new floating storage unit (FSU), as part of a contract signed with Samsung Heavy Industries (Shi).

The FSU, which will be built by SHI in South Korea on behalf of the Norway-based international energy company Statoil, will operate on the Mariner oilfield in the North Sea and is expected to have a capacity of 850,000 barrels.

Claimed to be the largest offshore development in UK waters, Statoil’s Mariner field located on the East Shetland platform of the UK North Sea is estimated to produce an average of 55,000bpd for some 30 years.

In 2007, Statoil acquired 44.44% of the operatorship for the field from Chevron and later in 2010 acquired a further 20.66% from Nautical Petroleum.

According to Wärtsilä, the equipment is scheduled for delivery during spring 2015, and the FSU is expected to start-up in 2017.

Under the terms of the contract, Wärtsilä will supply 45 deepwell process and cargo offloading pumps with electric motors and variable speed drive (VSD) panels, three fire water pump skids and two ballast pumps.

"Wärtsilä provides environmentally sound pumping solutions for the marine and oil and gas industries."

Wärtsilä flow and gas solutions vice-president Timo Koponen said: "Wärtsilä has extensive experience in this market area, particularly with our electrically driven deepwell pumps.

"As a result, we can offer complete pumping solutions that are competitive in terms of both CAPEX and OPEX, and which meet the demanding requirements of offshore operations."

Wärtsilä provides environmentally sound pumping solutions for the marine and oil and gas industries.

Image: Wärtsilä’s deepwell pump. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.