November 2015, Vol. 242, No. 11

Features

World News: Subsea Gas Compression Facility Begins Operation

Statoil has begun production of the world’s first subsea gas compression facility at the Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea. The facility features two MAN Diesel & Turbo HOFIM compressor units which were supplied to Statoil’s contractor Aker Solutions. It consists of modules for two identical sets of compressors, pumps, scrubbers and coolers fitted together in a 1,800-metric ton steel frame. While the natural pressure of the reservoir is declining, MAN’s motor-compressor units help to extend the reservoirs’ productive life on the Åsgard field for another 15 years. Overall, 306 MMbbls of oil equivalent will be added. While the first compressor train started production, the second train is

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