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31/05/2007 | Channel:
Manufacturing, Subsea, Drilling, Equipment
For more than two decades, Framo Engineering has been a leading developer and supplier to the oil and gas industry, of key components and total system solutions, which secure cost-efficient development of marginal and deepwater fields.
The company has a proven history of pioneering and developing fluid transfer systems, from subsea wellstream boosting and metering through to swivel systems onboard FPSOs, and places considerable emphasis on continuous development, testing and qualification programmes. Framo supplies complete transfer systems for fluid and gas transport, together with innovative control and monitoring equipment.
The company prides itself on developing systems to meet the most demanding
economical and technological offshore requirements, and together with its range of
market-leading multiphase booster pumps, its product portfolio includes multiphase meters, multi-selector manifolds, and swivel stack and fluid transfer systems for FPSO and FSO applications. To achieve the best results, Framo arranges its products into systems, which allows the flow to be controlled more effectively.
Jon Arve Sværen, sales director at Framo Engineering elaborates on the advantages of monitoring and controlling the wellstream flow, from subsea to topside: “The basis of any pump system is to give increased oil production in the most efficient way possible, and to do that you have to ensure maximum reliability throughout the systems, from seabed up to an FPSO. If there is a problem with one single stage of the process then it can cause major disruption to the operators.
“By offering systems using all of our various products, and by monitoring and controlling our subsea installations and everything that goes through the flow lines and the swivel, we can provide far more uptime on the total process and can maintain a clearer picture of what is happening on the seabed and in the reservoir at all times,” says Jon Arve.
Since its establishment, Framo Engineering has been at the forefront of advanced multiphase booster pump development and application, and its track record of successful applications is unmatched in the industry. The company’s multiphase pumps allow pressure to be added to unprocessed well streams, which provides
considerable advantages to operators. Framo’s helicoaxial multiphase pumps are available in a number of configurations, including vertically and horizontally mounted pumps for topside installations, and vertically mounted pumps for subsea installations.
Additionally, the company’s swivel stack systems feature innovative technology and a compact design to ensure that they are costeffective and can be easily integrated with existing and new floating production systems.
The success of Framo’s fluid transfer solution, where all of the strings of power, control and communication, and the flow, go through the swivel stack system has been illustrated in its work for Santos at the Mutineer and Exeter fields. Located on the northwest coast of Australia, these fields are being developed with subsea production tied back to an FPSO, in water depths up to 160 meters. The artificial lift solution being used at Mutineer and Exeter is a combined Framo subsea boost system and downhole ESPs.
Framo has provided an electric drive, helicoaxial multiphase pump for each of the fields, installed in freestanding support structures. The combined subsea boost system for the Mutineer and Exeter fields provides several important advantages. The system has the capabilities to provide the necessary lift, even in extremely low-pressure situations. Furthermore, the boost system has a considerable redundancy built in, which accounts for a decline in reservoir pressure.
Jon Arve elaborates: “We carried out the entire subsea contract directly with Santos, the oil company running the project. Additionally, for the swivel and fluid transfer systems we had contracts with SOFEC and MODEC. Our total System solution provided considerable advantages for Santos, as we had control over each part of the process.”
To ensure the highest possible control and monitoring of its subsea systems, Framo has developed FRIEND, a state-of-the-art online monitoring system: “FRIEND is a web-based system,” says Jon Arve. “It allows us to monitor our subsea and swivel equipment, and is linked directly to Framo engineers, or to our customer’s offices. In our experience it is highly valuable having such a system as it allows us to continue to use our knowledge of our products to help our clients.”
Jon Arve looks to the future: “The market looks very good at the moment, particularly with the current oil prices, and we are very confident that our products will be useful to increase the lifetime of marginal fields in the future. We will continue to progress in the same direction that we are presently moving in, whilst increasing our capacity locally. We can see very good possibilities for future development, and believe that we can continue to increase our production for many years to come,” he concludes.
Advanced fluid transfer systems