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Aker Solutions opens new subsea facility

Aker Solutions has officially opening a new subsea facility at its yard in Egersund, west Norway. The first project to be undertaken in the subsea hall is the assembly and testing of the groundbreaking Ormen Lange subsea compression station pilot that Aker Solutions is developing for Statoil.

The new hall is tailored to handle highly sensitive subsea equipment including strict demands for cleanliness.  It is designed to handle large structures such as the Ormen Lange subsea compression station pilot, which will measure 35 x 6.5 x 13 metres and weigh 1100 tonnes when assembled. The hall covers an area of 1900 square metres and is 26 metres tall. Total investment is approximately NOK 40 million.

The Ormen Lange gas field, for which A/S Norske Shell is the operator, started production in September 2007 and reached full production earlier this month. Later in the production phase, the challenge at Ormen Lange will be to boost the well stream in order to maintain production of gas and condensate from the reservoir.

The subsea compression station pilot, which will be built in Egersund, is identical to one out of four trains on the proposed full-scale subsea compression station. After assembly and testing in Egersund, the pilot will be transported to the Nyhamna onshore terminal, where it will undergo endurance testing in a purpose-built test pit.



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