Shell Installs MSi's Subsea System at Perdido in GOM

Wood Group's Multiphase Solutions Inc. (MSi) has completed integration and deployment of its subsea simulation system, which is being used by Shell engineers to model operation of the Perdido project in the Gulf of Mexico. MSi, a Wood Group technical consulting services and software systems business, developed the Transient Engineering Simulator (TES) system, a stand-alone subsea system simulator, and interfaced its physics into the Perdido Operator Training Simulator, which simulates the complete project.

Because the new system is the only simulator available to Shell that integrates all infrastructure from reservoir sand-face up to the topsides arrival vessels, plus portions of the topsides processing, it is uniquely capable of simulating Perdido's first-of-its-kind subsea system, which features an innovative artificial lift system that utilizes subsea separation caissons with electric submersible pumps.

"TES is being utilized by Shell engineers to address the unique operational challenges posed by this innovative new subsea system design, as well as to provide operator training," stated Michael Mai, president of Multiphase Solutions, Inc. "MSi is uniquely positioned to deliver dynamic simulation systems for complex field infrastructure such as Perdido's that maintain the fast run-time speeds critical for engineering and operator training."

Shell operates Perdido on behalf of its joint venture partners Chevron U.S.A., Inc. and BP Exploration and Production, Inc.