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JIP Prepares for Final Shallow-Water Test of Subsea Power System

A joint industry project (JIP) comprising ABB, Equinor, Total, and Chevron, is developing technologies for subsea power transmission, distribution, and conversion. The output will form a critical part of future advanced subsea-field developments. Begun in 2013, the project reached a major milestone in late 2017 when the first full-scale prototype of the variable-speed drive (VSD) passed a shallow-water test (Fig. 1). Final preparations are now underway for a 3,000-hour test of the complete subsea power system with two VSDs in a parallel configuration combined with subsea switchgears and controls. The complete paper highlights elements of the technical development and an overview of the primary building blocks of the system, and presents in detail some of the challenges in developing, designing, and testing the control system.

Introduction

A subsea power transmission and distribution system will enable an entire oil or gas production system to be placed directly on the seabed, allowing expansion of development to deeper and more-remote locations while yielding cost and safety benefits from reducing significantly, or even eliminating, the need for topside installation.

The JIP is developing three products for the system:

  • Subsea VSD
  • Subsea medium-voltage (MV)switchgear
  • Subsea control and low-voltage (LV) distribution
This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Judy Feder, contains highlights of paper OTC 29550, “ABB Subsea Power JIP—Going the Distance,” by Stian Ingebrigtsen, Svein Vatland, John Pretlove, and Henning Nesheim, ABB, prepared for the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 6–9 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2019 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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JIP Prepares for Final Shallow-Water Test of Subsea Power System

01 August 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 8

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