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Aker Solutions and Well Processing Team up for Subsea Water Treatment and Injection

Posted on March 30, 2009

Aker Solutions and Well Processing AS have signed a cooperation agreement to bring a new technology offering onto the marketplace. The combination of subsea water treatment and injection aims to increase oil recovery and enhance oil production from offshore produced fields. As part of the agreement, Well Processing will bring its newly developed subsea seawater treatment and sterilization technology to the table. This will be combined with Aker Solutions' extensive know-how and experience within subsea water injection, boosting and pumping technologies.

Water injection is the most commonly used method of enhancing production from oil reservoirs. Traditionally for offshore fields, seawater is treated on and injected from a surface installation such as platform or FPSO. This can put restraints on achieving optimum water flood in the reservoir, which again may limit recovery and production. Locating the system on the seabed can provide both practical and financial benefits

Together, the two companies can offer a cost efficient and effective process for water treatment and injections, with all equipment located on the seabed. The goal of this joint cooperation is to unlock oil reserves that would otherwise have been unrecoverable.

Aker Solutions is in the process of delivering the world's most powerful subsea water injection pump station to StatoilHydro's Tyrihans project in the North Sea. The 2.7 megawatt power capacity of the subsea pump system will break the world records for both pump duty and long step-out distance when operational.

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