Equinor’s Åsgard achieves 50,000 operation hours

03 January 2019

The world’s first subsea compression trains at Equinor’s Åsgard field have achieved 50,000 operation hours with an availability of close to 100%.

Subsea compression trains

In 2015, Åsgard became the world’s first subsea gas compression facility to commence operation 300 meters below sea level – featuring two HOFIM™ motor-compressor units by MAN Energy Solutions Switzerland Ltd.

The subsea technology also contributes to improvements in recovery rates and lifetime of gas fields. By the end of 2015 analyses indicated that the pressure in Åsgard’s reservoirs would have been too low to ensure stable flows and satisfactory production.

MAN’s subsea compression technology for Equinor’s Åsgard field has been granted the highest Technology Readiness Level 7 according to API in 2017. The Equinor & MAN team behind the innovative Åsgard project has received the UTF (Underwater Technology Foundation) Subsea Award in June 2017. In December 2017, MAN Energy Solutions won the Platts Global Energy Award (the Oscar of the energy industry) for its subsea compression system solution in the “Commercial Application of the Year” category.