The second section arrived in early July, with final installation scheduled for September.
“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 140 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. The second section is due to arrive in early July, with final installation scheduled for September. Images 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 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.