FAM, deployed for BP’s Kepler K3 project in the US Gulf of Mexico, can be connected to BP’s standard subsea trees and manifolds, reducing project costs and schedules. In the case of Kepler K3, it helped BP achieve first oil within 12 months of project sanction, Enpro claimed.
The process involves creating an enhanced production ‘USB port’ within the jumper envelope that allows use of standard subsea trees and manifolds, with the FAM and distributed manifold system providing life of field flexibility and the capability to maximize recovery from subsea wells, Enpro explained.
For K3, BP used FAM to install multi-phase metering, water cut metering and sand detection at the Xmas tree end of a 3.2-km (1.99-mi) single spur tieback with hydrate remediation and a flow assurance hydraulic intervention module adjacent to the manifold.
This combination is said to have reduced the cost, risk, and time associated with modifying standard hardware or adopting a dual flow loop alternative.
BP plans a further application of FAM on its Ariel 6 subsea development, where the hardware should be installed later this year.