ProductionQuest is providing monitoring systems for two major deepwater seabed production boosting systems. This is the first project using the Centrilift horizontal electrical submersible pumping (ESP) system design for seabed boosting in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Cascade and Chinook development is located in the Walker Ridge area, 180 miles (300 km) south of the Louisiana coast. This project will use a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility and the customer plans to fast track both the FPSO and field development.
The schedule calls for installation of the FPSO in early 2010 with first production in the first quarter of 2010. The FPSO will be located in approximately 8500 ft (2600 m) of water and will be the first in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as well as the world's deepest FPSO to date. Cascade and Chinook will deploy Centrilift subsea electrical submersible pumping systems to boost production from the sea floor to the FPSO.
Unlike conventional ESP installations, these seabed ESP systems will be installed in series in two subsea horizontal manifolds. New developments for this project include an ESP pod and vibration clamp rated to 16,000 psi working pressure.
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