Opening up new deep water fields
In March 2012, the UK government pledged its support to oil and gas firms by introducing a £3bn tax allowance for opening up new fields west of Shetland, the last area of the basin left to be developed. Located in deep water, these fields are technically challenging and dangerous to operate in but they contain an estimated 20% of the country’s remaining reserves.
BP Exploration is the operator for the redevelopment of the Schiehallion field 130km west of Shetland and commissioned the Quad 204 Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to replace its existing FPSO.
Amarinth was selected to supply pumps for the produced water treatment and reservoir pressure maintenance re-injection package for the new FPSO. However, design restrictions meant that the normal arrangement of a pump plus Plan 53B seal support system would not fit into the space available.
The problem was compounded as there were both width and height limitations making it very hard to reach the final design.
Three-way design consultation
The package called for five API 610 OH2 A-Series super duplex pumps with Plan 53B buffer fluid seal support systems.
Amarinth undertook the design work in a three-way consultation with John Crane and BP engineers to develop an integrated pump and seal support system package on a bespoke baseplate that effectively wrapped the seal support system through 90 degrees around the pumps whilst still maintaining its interoperability and achieving the footprint limitations set by BP.
The unusual way in which the seal support system was mounted to the baseplate also meant Amarinth had to carry out extensive analysis during the design to ensure that the baseplate had the required stiffness and would meet the stringent noise and vibration specifications.
Second demanding project
A second project on the FPSO then called for two 7m long stainless steel API 610 VS4 vertical pumps to be used within the dosing system for the storage and removal of calcium nitrate. Due to the complexity of the specification, interest from other suppliers was low in supporting HHI with these crucial pumps.
Amarinth was recommended by BP to HHI for the supply of these API 610 VS4 vertical sump pumps. BP has extremely demanding foundry and supplier approval audit standards that Amarinth had successfully met on previous projects and which was a key factor in BP’s recommendation.
Working with its agent Firscomp in Korea, Amarinth was able to meet the challenging technical specifications and deliver on a particularly tight 28 week lead time to meet the timescales of the overall project.
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