Subsea projects must be more competitive in the wider energy supply market, aided by smarter solutions that drive cost down and efficiency and productivity up. Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), introduced its Lightweight Compact Subsea Tree, designed to establish a simpler, more-integrated subsea system. The system takes into account the total expenditure over the life of a field and can be vital in reviving the competitiveness of basins globally. Vertically configured, the tree has a flow path designed to simplify the configuration of the system, offering a 40% weight reduction on conventional options while maintaining functionality and satisfying industry standards such as American Petroleum Institute Specification 17D. Through configurable structuring, the design facilitates delivery in half the time of a comparable tree. The solution is designed for flexibility with innovative life-of-field tree caps—for high-integrity pressure-protection systems and production and pumping applications—that are interchangeable with common interfaces. These allow the tree to be configured for the changing demands of the well’s lifetime, with this feature also offering the possibility for new commercial models such as leasing of caps or other associated services. Finally, the new tree uses real-time digital monitoring for intelligent operations, for example through BHGE’s virtual flow-metering technology.
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