2019 April 10 16:34

Aker Solutions and FSubsea to сreate FASTSubsea to boost subsea oil recovery

Aker Solutions and FSubsea have agreed to create FASTSubsea to help operators increase oil recovery in a faster, simpler and more environmentally friendly way, the company said in its release.

Multiphase subsea pumping technology has the potential to increase oil recovery rates by more than 20 percent, but cost, space limitations and sometimes complex solutions mean multiphase pumps are installed in fewer than 30 of the world's 1,500+ offshore fields.

With FASTSubsea, this is about to change. The new company combines Aker Solutions' high-performance multiphase hydraulic technology with FSubsea's game-changing Hydromag technology to create the world's first "topside-less" multiphase boosting system.

The pump-module solution being developed by FASTSubsea can cut capex by half and enable subsea boosting at fields where there is no available topside space. Getting more out of existing wells reduces CO2-emissions per barrel.

The agreement is subject to approval from the Norwegian competition authorities.

The spread of subsea boosting technology has been hampered by cost and complexity. Conventional systems require a large amount of topside equipment on a platform or FPSO, including electric variable speed drives and supply systems for barrier fluid hydraulic oils. They also typically require several kilometers of hydraulic umbilicals between the pumps and the platform. This increases cost in the form of engineering and hardware spend.

The pump-module solution from FASTSubsea leverages FSubsea's Hydromag™ technology, which is a unique combination of the world's most powerful Permanent Magnetic coupling with an embedded hydrodynamic variable speed function, and Aker Solutions' MultiBooster™ semi-axial impeller design, which has proven best-in-class pressure generation capabilities. This system has built-in variable speed function and is barrier-fluid-less, which reduces capex cost with up to 50 percent. It unlocks opportunities with platforms that have no additional topside space but still can reap the economic benefits of increased recovery with subsea boosting system.

Additional information about FASTSubsea:

 Aker Solutions and FSubsea to each hold 50 percent of the outstanding shares
 The Board of Directors consists of an equal number of Aker Solutions and FSubsea representatives
 Alexander Fuglesang acts as Managing Director, Bastiaen van der Rest as Technology and Operations Manager
 The company's "topside-less" multiphase pump will be marketed towards subsea integrators and operators directly, as well as through Aker Solutions
 FSubsea will continue to market Omnirise™ product range directly to the marketplace
 Aker Solutions will continue to market LiquidBooster™ and MultiBooster™ product ranges directly to the marketplace

About FSubsea
Set up in Oslo, Norway in 2013 as a spin-off from Fuglesangs Group (est.1855), FSubsea's provides the most autonomous, modular and robust boosting systems for the global subsea process, subsea drilling and deep sea trenching and excavation markets. The company has supplied more than 40 pumps that are currently operating in deep waters. In 2017, the company won the OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award for their Omnirise™ Boosting System.