MAN Energy Solutions’ Compressor Technology for First Unmanned Norwegian Gas-Production Platform

MAN Energy Solutions has received three orders for a total of seven compressor systems. These will be delivered to the Aker BP-operated production platforms, Hugin A and Munin, in the Yggdrasil area, and a new production and wellhead platform (PWP) in the Valhall field centre.

The units will be developed, manufactured and tested at MAN’s premises in Zurich, Switzerland.
The MAN compressor system in the Valhall field will be deployed by Valhall PWP-Fenris, the new platform development project, which will extend the field’s lifespan and more than double its gas-processing capacity. The Yggdrasil area will be remotely operated from an integrated operations centre and control room onshore in Stavanger. The Munin production platform, which is part of the development, will be designed from the start for crewless operation with neither helicopter deck nor living quarters.

Basil Zweifel, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales & Project Management at MAN Energy Solutions, said:
“This unmanned and remotely-operated Munin gas platform represents a leap forward for the energy industry. It not only enhances personnel safety and reduces OPEX, but also minimises the environmental impact of offshore operations. MAN Energy Solutions has the ideal blend of mechanical and digital expertise required for the task and will provide our highly digitised HOFIM® compression technology, which has already proven its ability to practically run autonomously, uninterrupted and maintenance-free at the Åsgard field at 300 metres depth.”

The HOFIM® compressor systems are equipped with remote-operation capabilities, enabling the operator to monitor and control the compression system from onshore.

Jörg Massopust, Head of Digital Sales & Alliances at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “With its cutting-edge digital solutions, MAN Energy Solutions is forging a path towards more sustainable and efficient gas-production. Designed specifically for deployment on unmanned platforms, our advanced digital solution for compressor systems offers a wide array of features.”

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