Wet gas compression technology renders possible new opportunities for future gas/condensate fields by means of sub sea boosting and increased recovery for fields in tail-end production. In the paper arguments for the wet gas compression concept are given. At present no commercial wet gas compressor for the petroleum sector is available. StatoilHydro projects are currently investigating the wet gas compressors suitability to be used and integrated in gas field production. The centrifugal compressor is known as a robust concept and the use is dominant in the oil and gas industry. It has therefore been of specific interest to evaluate its capability of handling wet hydrocarbon fluids. Statoil initiated a wet gas test of a 2.8 MW single-stage compressor in 2003. A full load and pressure test was performed using a mixture of hydrocarbon gas and condensate or water. Results from these tests are presented. A reduction in compressor performance is evident as fluid liquid content is increased. The introduction of wet gas and the use of sub sea solutions make more stringent demands for the compressor corrosion and erosion tolerance. The mechanical stress of the impeller increases when handling wet gas fluids due to an increased mass flow rate. Testing of different impeller materials and coatings has been an important part of the Statoil wet gas compressor development program. Testing of full scale (6–8 MW) sub sea integrated motor-compressors (dry gas centrifugal machines) will begin in 2008. Program sponsor is the A˚sgard Licence in the North Sea and the testing takes place at K-lab, Norway. Shallow water testing of a full scale sub sea compressor station (12.5 MW) will begin in 2010 (2 years testing planned). Program sponsor is the Ormen Lange Licence.

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