HOUSTON -- Baker Hughes is building an advanced electrical submersible pumping (ESP) system testing and development center in Macaé, Brazil. The facility — set for completion by year’s end — is designed to test deepwater and subsea ESP completions prior to installation offshore Brazil.
The Macaé center features a test well for system integration tests with electrical cable simulation for ESP systems capable of handling up to 86,000 b/d of fluid and maximum surface pressures of 5,000 psi. The test well is equipped with Baker Hughes low-voltage and medium-voltage variable speed surface control units to supply power and to control the downhole ESP system. A control room collects and displays real-time data from the ESP system, including flow rate, temperature, torque, pressure, vibration, and electrical parameters.