“EC-OG’s Subsea Power Hub (SPH) contributes to this industry change through its tidal turbine system, which can be used to unlock the huge potential in marginal developments by providing a primary energy source. We are delighted to be supporting EC-OG with their trial, which was a great success and look forward to working with them on the next stage of their project.”
Subsea Energy Firm Completes Successful Tests of North Sea Power Hub
The trials, supported by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), showed the Subsea Power Hub was capable of powering a commercial Subsea Control Module, as well as a local power distribution system.
An Aberdeen-headquartered company, EC-OG, has successfully completed a test programme demonstrating the capability of its Subsea Power Hub.
The trials, supported by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), showed the Subsea Power Hub (SPH) was capable of powering a commercial Subsea Control Module (SCM), as well as a local power distribution system.
By operating the SCM using lithium-ion battery technology, EG-OC said the test successfully demonstrated the Hub’s ability to operate North Sea wells without the need for a power umbilical from a topside installation.
Primarily, the objective of the trial was to establish whether the SPH could supply a reliable degree of power to the SCM and associated subsea infrastructure.
The SPH combines the company’s core technologies – subsea energy storage and power generation – to help solve the issue of energy delivery for remote subsea architecture.
The test was completed using a 3rd Generation Aker Solutions Subsea Control Module, with power delivered via a subsea distribution unit.
Commenting on the trial success, EG-OG’s business development manager, Paul Slorach, said: “This is a big step forward for EG-OC, to be able to have our energy storage system successfully provide power to a commercial SCM.
“Demonstrating the capabilities of lithium-based batteries for powering subsea wells is a great achievement for us. It would have been very difficult to achieve this milestone without the continued support from the North Sea operator and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre.”