Sulzer Pumps UK has awarded a contract to GE Power Conversion to supply the motors for the four water injection pumps – these are to equip a future floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

These will be very specific high power 8,000 kW, 2-pole motors running at 3,600 rpm with a limitation of the starting current at 300 percent of nominal current, allowing the end user to optimise the generator selection who will supply power on the FPSO.

The vessel, currently under construction, will be capable of processing 80,000 bbl/d of crude oil and 7 million standard m3/d of gas and will have minimum storage capacity of 1,000,000 bbl of crude oil. Its first oil production is planned for 2022.

Philippe Piron, president and CEO of GE Power Conversion, said: “Our company has a long international history and experience in the design, manufacturing, testing and putting into operation [of] reliable and efficient motors for FPSO applications.

“By deploying our low starting current and high-power density technology and expertise, we are able to meet the increasing stringent project requirements that are demanded by these projects.”

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21st December 2020