STAVANGER, Norway --StatoilHydro has completed the first-ever full-scale test of subsea compression at its Kårstø Laboratory in western Norway.
Two compressor prototypes – a MAN Turbo and Siemens unit – will be tested at K-lab over a two-year period. The MAN Turbo unit was installed this past winter and the Siemens compressor will be ready for trials in 2009.
"This is a unique technology testing endeavor crucial for assessing subsea compression as a possible solution for offshore fields like Åsgard and Mikkel," says Rolv Herfjord, StatoilHydro Åsgard Minimum Flow Project manager. "If the testing is successful, we can assess using subsea installations instead of offshore platforms."