SwRI Adds New HP/HT Subsea Equipment and Systems Facility
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is adding a new facility to its capabilities in testing and evaluating subsea equipment and systems. One of the oldest, independent nonprofit research and development organizations in the US, the SwRI provides services to government and industry clients. In July, SwRI’s program will be enhanced when its 5,000-ft2 extreme high-pressure high-temperature (HP/HT) facility opens.
The facility will house a series of 13-in.-diameter pressure chambers that can accommodate up to 30,000 psig and temperatures up to 650°F. The chambers can be configured for casing pipe collapse testing under API-5C3 or for exposing other equipment to extreme conditions. Configurable test pits can be isolated and/or flooded as needed for special project requirements. Other features include 15- and 30-ton bridge cranes, two sample preparation areas, a dedicated control and observation room, and drive-through access for ease of loading and offloading test equipment.
“This facility complements a wide variety of facilities and equipment dedicated to testing and evaluating a range of offshore and subsea components,” said Joseph Crouch, program director of Marine and Offshore Systems in SwRI’s Mechanical Engineering Division. “With the addition of this facility, we will efficiently meet industry needs to validate oil country tubular goods and other equipment for use in high-pressure high-temperature conditions.”
Equinor Awards Milestone Wireless Subsea Drone Contract
The $43-million deal with Saipem will utilize a wireless underwater intervention drone and an ROV for intervention work on the Njord field in the Norwegian North Sea. Equinor said the contract is the first ever from an operator for advanced wireless drone services.
Equinor Installs Templates for Troll, Other North Sea Fields
After seeing a significant increase in the price level for subsea equipment, Equinor says it is realizing the ways in which standardized subsea templates help build financial competitiveness. The new standard allowed for the installation of 14 templates in one month.
Subsea Pipelines, Umbilicals Installed for Nova Field
The completion of the subsea installation marks another major step for one of several projects scheduled to tie back to the Gjøa platform in the Norwegian North Sea. Production for the Wintershall Dea-operated project is expected to start up in 2021.
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