KONGSBERG to perform dynamic simulation studies for FMC Technologies

D-SPICE to assist first ever deployment of subsea separation technology in West Africa.

FMC Technologies has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract for dynamic simulation studies for a subsea separation system. The studies, to be finalized in first quarter of 2009, are related to the subsea separation system to be delivered by FMC Technologies for the Total Exploration & Production Angola Pazflor project. This project consists of three gas-liquid separation systems and marks the first-ever deployment of subsea separation technology in West Africa.

The simulator model will consist of a comprehensive customised dynamic process model based on D-SPICE®. The D-SPICE® model will be fully integrated with OLGA® models for the wells, subsea flowlines and risers. The aim of the study is to verify the operability of the proposed subsea separation unit design for the most stringent fluid and operating conditions and will address the following specific objectives: Control system design and verification; Process design verification; and Optimization.

"We see the award of the Pazflor contract as a confirmation of our expertise and performance in advanced dynamic simulations for subsea processing," said Chris Ruigrok, Sales Manager for Simulation and Optimization at Kongsberg Maritime. "These types of simulations are very rigorous and nothing is left to chance when testing subsea processing installations. The seamless integration between multiphase simulations using OLGA® and the dynamic process simulations using D-SPICE® is critical and KONGSBERG is market leader in this area."

"FMC Technologies' work with Kongsberg Maritime for the Tordis IOR project produced positive results, and we are confident that they again will deliver according to our expectations with this project," commented Terje Ulla Eiken, FMC's Project Manager for the Pazflor Subsea Separation project.