INTEC Kicks Off Subsea Processing Joint Industry Study

INTEC Engineering has commenced a Joint Industry Study of Subsea Processing technologies. The study will assess the state-of-the-art for three key deepwater process equipment types: subsea separators, subsea pumps, and subsea compressors. It will also assess the respective power and control elements required to deploy the equipment.

The undertaking is important because conveniently accessible accumulations of hydrocarbons have become increasingly difficult to find. Oil and gas production facilities built using conventional equipment are being forced to move further from established infrastructure into deeper water and more hostile environments. To enable such developments, equipment advances are required. There are a number of initiatives underway in various parts of the world to develop subsea processing equipment to deal with the challenges. Staying abreast of the parallel activities of several operators, equipment manufacturers, and vendors in this field is time consuming and expensive for any one entity.

"We have organized the Subsea Processing Joint Industry Study as an offshoot of our Long Distance Delivery Management focus. Participants will acquire this important information at less expenditure of time and money than would be possible if they did it alone." said Uri Nooteboom, INTEC Vice President of Field Development.

The kickoff meeting was held on January 10, 2007. The study duration is expected to be 4-6 months. Fourteen participants have joined the study to date and additional participants are invited.

INTEC is a leading engineering and project management company serving the international oil and gas industry with 450 employees and offices in Houston, London, Delft, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Its technical disciplines include marine pipelines and risers, subsea systems, systems engineering, flow assurance, floating systems, LNG terminals and marine installation management. INTEC is a Heerema Group company.

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