Work on new Advanced Multiphase Facility progressing well
Following the successful installation of the Advanced Multiphase Facility’s (AMF) separator at the end of 2018, work on the ground-breaking new building is moving forward strongly. Major upcoming milestones include the fabrication and installation of steelwork and pipework and the installation of its key electrical supply systems.
“The Forsyth Group of Rothes is fabricating all the primary and secondary steelwork and pipe spools at their workshops in Speyside,” explains Business Manager, Muir Porter. “This is being made from a combination of high-pressure and low-pressure carbon steel and stainless steel.”
“The modular off-site build has been made possible by an integrated approach, at the heart of which is a 3-D model of all the pipework and steelwork,” Muir adds. “This allows clash detection to be carried out automatically. It also allows the automatic tabulation of materials. Overall, it is helping us save significant time and resources. We are 65% through the workload identified by the isometric design drawings from the 3D layout model. The on-site assembly of this equipment will start soon and should be finished by June.”
Muir and his team are also currently awaiting delivery of two 1.6 MVA transformers and two ring main units, a low voltage switchboard and a Motor Control Centre (MCC). This equipment will feed power to all the test facility’s pumps, drivers, blowers, chillers and heating systems. Installation should be completed by April.
Overall, the AMF project is on target. Testing and commissioning should happen in July and August, with the final handover of the facility taking place in September.
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 test facility, 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.