FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been named the recipient of two Spotlight on New Technology awards by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The awards, which honor innovative technologies that significantly impact offshore exploration and production, recognize FMC's subsea processing systems designed for Total's Pazflor field and Petrobras' Marlim field. "We are honored to be recognized by OTC for a third consecutive year with these prestigious awards," said John T. Gremp, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FMC Technologies. "This is a significant accomplishment for our employees and for our industry-leading subsea processing systems."
The Pazflor field is the world's first use of subsea separation and boosting in a new subsea field that will produce two grades of oil (light and heavy). This technology enables economic development of the reservoir where the use of a conventional subsea production system was not feasible. Pazflor is located offshore Angola, and began production in August of 2011 at water depths up to approximately 4,000 feet (1,200 meters).
The equipment for the Marlim field is a step-change in the evolution of subsea processing. It is the industry's first use of oil and water separation technologies in deep water, and it is the first subsea system to separate heavy oil and water. The Marlim equipment is also the first to reinject separated water back into a subsea reservoir to boost production. The Marlim system was installed offshore Brazil in November of 2011 in water depths of approximately 2,950 feet (900 meters). It is designed to extend the life of this mature oil field, which began production over 30 years ago and was once the largest subsea development in the region.
FMC will receive both awards during a ceremony and press conference on April 30, in the Rotunda area of the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.