A major milestone in the construction of the Advanced Multiphase Facility has been achieved with the successful completion of the pressure test of the facility’s multiphase separator. This was followed by the installation of the separator’s internal equipment and final positioning on its supporting pedestals.
“The £1.45 million gravity separator – one of the biggest of its kind ever installed - is at the heart of the AMF project,” says Business Manager, Muir Porter. “The test and installation was a challenging process, but it was successfully completed in time for the establishment of the piping and steelwork contractor on site. We can now get on with the next stage of the build, which will provide us with a multiphase flow test facility with a range beyond anything currently available anywhere in the world.”
“The pressure hydro-test was carried out by Lloyds Register at 214 bar(g) for an hour in accordance with the Pressure Equipment Directive,” Muir adds. “Although there was no concern about the integrity of the vessel, bringing it up to pressure was quite an involved process and any problems would have set us back, luckily none were encountered.”
The completion of the separator test and installation marked the stage at which the build was handed over to a new Principal Contractor (Forsyths Ltd.) under the Construction, Design and Management Regulations. At the time of the handover, Forsyths had already completed over 50% of the off-site pipe spool fabrication needed for the facility. Their next major job will be erecting the steelwork for the pipework assembly. Subsequent work will involve the installation of the AMF’s high-voltage electrical plant and its process control system.
The AMF project is currently on target, with completion of the overall build due to take place by June 2019. 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.
For more details, contact Muir Porter.