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StatoilHydro, Chevron & Petrobras Work Out Unique Project

The project aims to develop a plant that will work in water depths down to 2500-3000 metres

The project aims to develop a plant that will work in water depths down to 2500–3000 metres. Traditional separators are too heavy to be lifted down into such deep waters. They will also get a bulky wall thickness due to great external pressure. Reducing the weight and dimensions is crucial.

The first tests will take place in StatoilHydro’s research and development laboratory in Trondheim. The entire separation system will then be tested in a high-pressure rig at the SINTEF research foundation, where larger high-pressure facilities exist.

Finally, StatoilHydro’s research and development centre in Porsgrunn will take over. Full-scale testing of the plant, using real gas and oil types, will be performed here. Parts of the system will at the same time be tested with well stream on the Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea.

The research project is managed and performed by StatoilHydro as a joint industry project (JIP), with the three companies as equal partners. The contract is based on the existing technology cooperation agreement recently signed with Petrobras and Chevron. The project, with a cost limit of NOK 54 million, will run until 2011.