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Making the complex simple

Oilfield Technology,

When GE founder, Thomas Edison, said “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it,” little did he realise that, many decades later, the business would continue to heed this philosophy.

Today, GE Oil & Gas’ engineers and technologists remain firmly in agreement that, through technology, expertise, innovation and working closely with their customers, they can develop solutions to meet the ever more challenging operational environments that are characteristic of today’s exploration and production (E&P) activity.

Deepwater Vertical Xmas Tree

This was the message at the launch of GE’s Deepwater Vertical Xmas Tree (DVXT), unveiled at the company’s new Technology Solutions Center in Stavanger, in conjunction with ONS 2014.

The latest addition to GE Oil & Gas’ range of subsea products is rated for depths of up to 3000 m and expands the company’s portfolio of pre-engineered, pre-qualified modular systems, designed to enable products to be brought to market faster.

Rendering of GE Oil & Gas' Deepwater Vertical Xmas Tree (DVXT).

Simplify processes

“There is a rising sense in the oil and gas industry that many of the challenges faced today can be addressed by leveraging standardised products and solutions in order to simplify processes and reduce lead times,” said Chris Phebus, Engineering Executive for Subsea Systems at GE Oil & Gas. “By offering our DVXT as a standard product, we can not only improve cycle times, but also ensure the highest levels of quality, safety and reliability for our products.”

Deployed with the company’s remote electronics canister, the SemStar5-R, the DVXT incorporates the latest in communication technology and is designed with the objectives of higher subsea reliability, extended service life and improved environmental monitoring.

Flexible communications network

With communications out to 220 km, at depths of up to 3000 m, the ModPod subsea control module is designed to complement the DVXT’s modular layout and enables an even more flexible communications network, key to future field expansion and enhanced access to remote wells.

Deepwater challenges

Mike Wenham, Subsea Trees Senior Application Engineer, GE Oil & Gas, commented: “Just a few decades ago, the idea of producing oil at depths of more than just a few hundred feet would have been unthinkable. Now, the ocean’s depths are the key to meeting the rising global demand for energy in this age of complex fuel. As an industry, we need to make sure we stay focused on both the future and the now, working to address the challenges of deepwater development.

“The launch of our new DVXT is a great example of this, providing customers with a leading-edge production system that enhances our subsea trees portfolio to meet current and future needs, and enabling us to offer the industry a tree to meet any of its challenges, regardless of depth.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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