Aker Solutions, MAN Diesel & Turbo in Subsea Compression Alliance
Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo agreed to form an alliance to develop the next generation in subsea compression systems that can be used at even the smallest oil and gas fields to increase recovery and lower costs compared with conventional platform solutions.
The two companies previously cooperated on the delivery of the world’s first full-scale subsea gas compression system at the Åsgard field in Norway. A key objective of the partnership is to develop new, cost-effective technology for high-capacity subsea compression systems, Aker said.
“Åsgard was a game-changer that moved compressors from platforms to the seafloor to improve recovery rates, reduce costs and enhance safety,” said Alan Brunnen, head of Aker Solutions’ subsea business. “We’re taking the technology further to provide compression systems that are smaller, lighter and cheaper without compromising on effectiveness.”
The alliance combines Aker Solutions’ capabilities in subsea processing, compression systems, controls, systems and interventions with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s turbomachinery technology and its gas compression expertise.
Compressors are used to maintain output as reservoir pressure at gas-producing fields decline. Placing them on the seabed near the wellheads boosts recovery rates, leaves a smaller environmental footprint and is safer to operate than on a platform, Aker explained.
“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,” said Mathias Scherer, senior vice president sales and contracts at MAN Diesel & Turbo.
Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo will provide customers with subsea compression systems based on current solutions as well as develop the next generation in this technology.