Following the successful installation of one of the world's largest gravity test separators as part of the build programme for the Advanced Multiphase Facility, work on the ground-breaking new building is moving forward strongly.
The new separator will test both multiphase and wet gas flows (oil, water and gas) and will ensure sufficient retention time, even at the largest flow rates. Weighing 270 tonnes and operating at pressures up to 150 bar, it will enable flow rates within the AMF that are 20 times greater than the performance of any other test facility in the world. This will meet the oil & gas industry’s growing demand for flow meter testing that more accurately reflects real-field conditions, to reduce measurement uncertainty and minimise fiscal inaccuracy.
Major upcoming milestones include the fabrication and installation of steelwork and pipework and the installation of 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. “The pipe system is a combination of high-pressure and low-pressure carbon steel and stainless steel.”
“The modular build off-site 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 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 is programmed to be completed by April.
Overall, the AMF project is on target. Testing and commissioning is planned for 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.