GE-led JIP aims for simplified subsea boosting

Offshore staff

FLORENCE, ItalyGE Oil & Gas has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) with Statoil, Total, and two other operators to develop a new subsea boosting system.

The modular contra-rotating pump, based on technology developed by GE Aviation, is designed to access more oil in new and mature field wells in a simpler way by reducing the topsides and subsea footprint by up to 50%.

It also dispenses with equipment such as the barrier fluid system that features in conventional subsea boosting systems.

In addition, GE has unveiled its SFX wellhead system, a standardized solution said to provide up a fatigue resistance improvement up to 16 times greater than the company’s existing systems.

In Tuscany, Italy, the company is expanding its Massa testing site, with a focus on supporting testing of the aeroderivative LM2500 gas turbine.

Last year the facility expanded from testing 12 engines per year to 35 engines annually. The volume should rise by a further 50% in 2016.


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