- November 20, 2019
For the first time worldwide, energy companies will be able to access a supply of up to 100 megawatts of power, over distances up to 600 kilometers and down to 3,000 meters water depth, at pressures that could shatter a brick.
November 20, 2019 - ABB’s subsea power distribution and conversion technology system is now commercially viable, working for cleaner, safer and more sustainable offshore oil and gas production, following the completion of a 3,000-hour shallow water test.
For the first time worldwide, energy companies will be able to access a supply of up to 100 megawatts of power, over distances up to 600 kilometers and down to 3,000 meters water depth, at pressures that could shatter a brick. This is all achievable with a single cable with little or no maintenance for up to 30 years, making oil and gas production feasible in far out and deep ocean environments.
The $100 million research, design and development Joint Industry Project (JIP) between ABB and Equinor with its partners Total and Chevron was initiated in 2013. The validation of the shallow water test at a sheltered harbor in Vaasa, Finland, means the majority of the world’s offshore hydrocarbon resources are now in reach for electrification.
By powering pumps and compressors on the seabed, closer to the reservoir, ABB’s subsea power distribution and conversion technology will work to reduce power consumption. There is potential for energy savings, with reduced carbon emissions using power from shore. ABB’s subsea power technology can connect to any power source, enabling future integrations with renewable energy, such as wind and hydro power.
Based on a specific field development case, the new technology could offer CAPEX[i] savings of more than $500 million, if eight consumers, such as pumps or compressors, are linked through a single cable over a distance of 200 km from other infrastructure.
Previously, only the transmission cable and subsea step-down transformer were proven to operate underwater. Today, ABB’s complete subsea power distribution and conversion system includes a step-down transformer, medium voltage variable speed drives and switchgear, control and low voltage power distribution, and power electronics and control systems. ABB’s flagship distributed control system, ABB Ability™ System 800xA, controlled the rigorous testing.Learn More
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