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Powering Ahead for the Subsea Factory

Powering Ahead for the Subsea Factory

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06 November 2017

The subsea factory has long been the aim of E&P companies, and step by step it is becoming a reality. One of the key components is technology for the distribution, delivery and control of the subsea power system.

That is the theme of a joint industry project that ABB Oil and Gas has been running with Statoil, Total and Chevron with an aim to develop technologies for subsea power transmission, distribution and conversion at greater distances, in deeper waters and in harsher environments. The project started in 2013 and is targeting a 3,000-hour shallow-water system test in 2018, including the qualification of pressure-tolerant medium-voltage switchgear, medium-voltage drives and supporting controls and auxiliary supplies.

The project budget is in excess of $100 million and is funded by ABB, Statoil, Total, Chevron and The Research Council of Norway. The target environment is water depths up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft), transmission distances up to 600 km (373 miles) and power levels up to 100 MW.