To address the issue, FMC Technologies and Sulzer Pumps have developed a high-speed, helico-axial multiphase subsea boosting system that can withstand pressures up to 5,000 psi and runs on a 3.2 megawatt permanent magnet motor.
“The permanent magnet motor technology requires less maintenance and provides greater speed, efficiency and power than other subsea boosting systems,” said Patrick Kimball, FMC’s manager of public relations.
“The addition of the permanent magnet motor delivers a subsea boosting system that is smaller, more durable and more powerful that competing solutions.”
The pump is a combination of Sulzer’s pump hydraulics and FMC’s high-speed permanent magnet motor technology and subsea design.
The two companies have been working on the pump for four years, completing the qualifying tests at Sulzer’s facility the United Kingdom last summer.