Technology Editor, Seismic & Subsea
HOUSTON –The first all-electric subsea production system under went a development program which included technology assessment and product qualification programs leading to system implementation. John Burdick of Cameron illustrated these steps with application examples at the 20th Deep Offshore Technology International conference and exhibition today in Houston.
Burdick also took a look ahead toward all-electric system application to ultra long-distance offsets, subsea-to-beach installations and the incorporation of related technologies such as subsea separation and processing.
The advantages of electric operation as seen by Cameron include reliability, up time, better performance with faster response and less concern about environmental impact from venting and/or control fluid leakage.
In response to questions, Burdick said that he sees applications in the near-term being made in new fields with original installation equipment and in some instances with scheduled equipment maintenance and repair substitutions.