Tech talk. With the 44th Offshore Technology Conference in Houston just on the horizon, OE sought answers to the question, “What emerging technology will have a direct impact on the offshore market?” Our think tank had this to say:
Subsea processing is an emerging technology that will have an impact in 2013 and beyond. Currently, a number of subsea processing units are operational on a small number of milestone projects around the world. This proving ground for subsea gas/ liquid separation, gas compression, water re-injection, and boosting is succeeding, and more units are planned. I expect the industry to accelerate its adoption of this technology, which will help extend field life, increase reservoir recoverability and exploit more deepwater developments around the world.