Multiphase Compressor - Subsea Oil & Gas Processing | OneSubsea

Subsea Multiphase Compression System

World's first and only true subsea wet gas compressor

10,000 h
Consecutive operation
Compact design
Installation with light intervention vessel
TRL 7
Demonstrated, proven performance
0%–100%
All liquid fractions
Lower capex and opex
No need for preprocessing

With no requirements for an upstream separation facility or an antisurge system, Multiphase WGC wet gas compressor greatly simplifies subsea system operations.

The contrarotating machine is specifically designed for pressure boosting of unprocessed wellstream. This unique configuration—developed in collaboration with Statoil and Shell—enables a compact and robust design that is easy to install by use of light intervention vessels and is based on the well-proven design developed for subsea boosting pumps.

Two Multiphase WGC compressors onshore prepared to ship.
Multiphase WGC compressors can handle 100% liquid without any mechanical issues.

The world's first and only true subsea wet gas compressor

Multiphase WGC compressor being loaded out for shipment offshore.

Increase recovery rates and tieback distances

The main driver in the development of the multiphase compressor was to increase recovery rates and to cost-effectively increase the tieback distances of subsea gas fields.

The Gullfaks field, operated by Statoil and located in the North Sea, saw the first commercial deployment in the world for subsea wet gas compression. Statoil estimates that the recovery rate will increase by 22 million barrels of oil equivalent by using the wet gas compression system. The wet gas compression station for Gullfaks was installed approximately 15 km away from the Gullfaks C platform.

Advantages

  • Continuous operation on all liquid fractions (0%–100%)
  • Operation in all flow regimes
  • Standard fluid film bearing technology
  • Surge-free operation requiring no antisurge system
  • Sand- and solid-tolerant design
  • Low speed that enables long step-outs without subsea variable speed drives
  • Low module weight (approx. 60 t) that enables intervention via light vessel
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