SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Saipem and Curtiss-Wright have signed an exclusive agreement to develop a new technology for barrier fluid-less subsea pumps for water treatment and injection.
This would be a derivative application of Curtiss-Wright’s commercially applied systems for the nuclear sector.
To qualify the new technology, the two companies will develop, build, and test a full-scale prototype of a barrier fluid-less pump, which Saipem describes as a cornerstone of the all-electric strategy to replace conventional hydraulic umbilicals with power/control cables in subsea processing.
It should also benefit theSPRINGS subsea desulfation technology co-owned by Saipem, Total and Veolia, and Saipem’s other proprietary subsea processing technologies.
David C. Adams, chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright, said: “By leveraging decades of experience in supplying equipment for some of the most demanding applications, the fluid-less solution will provide significantly reduced support infrastructure needs and a step-change in subsea motor and pump reliability.”