Major milestone achieved for new world-class test and research facility
A major milestone in the construction of the Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) has been achieved with July seeing the arrival of the first sections of the facility’s separator vessel. This is a key piece of technology that will help industry to develop cutting-edge products and projects.
“This marks the start of the fit-out work inside the newly completed building,” says Business Manager, Muir Porter. “The separator is a critical element of our advanced facility. It will provide gravity separation of multiphase streams at high operating pressures and flowrates.”
The £1.45 million gravity separator is a pressure vessel capable of operating to a design pressure of 150 bar(g). It is 33m in length and 2.6m in diameter, with a wall thickness of 80mm. The separator’s operating weight is 270 tonnes, with a test weight of over 320 tonnes.
Because of its size, the separator is being delivered to site in three sections for welding, heat treatment and hydro-testing. Final installation is scheduled for September. A time-lapse video of the separator’s arrival can be seen here
TÜV SÜD AG is investing £11.1 million in the Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) project, which is the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business. This money is being provided alongside 4.9 million pounds worth of development funding from Scottish Enterprise.
Designed to provide a new, best-in-class, high-pressure multiphase flow test facility, with a test range beyond anything currently available anywhere else in the world, the AMF will focus predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector. It will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Creating at least 17 new jobs, the centre will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years.