Qualification of a Subsea Separator With Online Desanding Capability

Journal of Petroleum Technology 

In recent years, companies have executed project-specific qualification programs for subsea-processing technologies. This paper summarizes the results of a qualification program that included a multiphase, subsea-separation system for shallow-water applications. The intent of this qualification program was to develop subsea-separation technologies for the global subsea portfolio, rather than for a specific project. To meet this goal, a separator design was chosen that would meet performance targets over a wide range of operating conditions. Subsea processing is not a new concept; however, recent economic considerations have led to more applications, ranging from simple single-phase or multiphase boosting to separation/boosting to future compression projects.

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