Yokogawa wins chemical injection metering valve orders for oil fields off coast of Norway

02 September 2018

Yokogawa has received orders to provide 59 high-performance FluidCom chemical injection metering valves for two offshore oil fields that are being developed by Equinor ASA, a Norwegian energy company.

One destination is the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea and the other is the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea. The orders for the FluidCom valves were placed through the suppliers of the chemical injection packages for these projects.

The Johan Sverdrup field is estimated to have reserves of between 2.1 and 3.1 billion barrels, making it one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. Oil and gas from this field will be piped to separate onshore facilities. 

For the Johan Castberg field, which is estimated to have reserves of 450 to 650 million barrels, the plan is to use a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The orders are for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup project and for the Johan Castberg project. Both projects are scheduled to start operation in 2022.

Chemicals need to be injected into oil wells and pipelines to prevent scaling and corrosion. Although the opening, closing, and adjustment of injection valves is sometimes automated, this is usually done manually in the upstream sector. Such work is often performed under severe conditions and it can be difficult to avoid injecting excessive amounts of these costly chemicals. 

By enabling the remote control of chemical injection, FluidCom valves reduce the amount of work that must be performed under demanding conditions on offshore platforms. Optimisation of the chemical injection amount also protects the environment so the valves can help achieve significant reductions in OPEX and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals. 

With flow metering and control functionality, a FluidCom valve can stably and automatically inject chemicals into a well or pipeline. The valve has few moving parts, so the risk of failure is low, and a self-cleaning function is provided that eliminates the need for maintenance. 

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