BP chooses Aibel’s VIEC technology for Schiehallion FPSO

London, UK, April 22, 2008

Following an extensive evaluation period, BP has chosen the VIEC (Vessel Internal Electrostatic Coalescer) technology from Aibel to improve the oil and water separation process on their Schiehallion FPSO (Floating Production Storage Offloading). Two VIEC walls will be delivered by the end of April and will be installed in the first stage separator of separator train A (one of two) during a shutdown scheduled for July 2008.

Since start-up in 1998, the BP-operated Schiehallion FPSO has been experiencing problems during the separation stage due to stabile emulsions that have caused restrictions to production. Behind the decision to deploy VIEC, in addition to a FEED study conducted by the Wood Group, was testing of actual oil from the field and a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) study conducted by Aibel.

This is Aibel’s 15th order for its successful VIEC technology. The company’s president and CEO, R. Rasmus Sunde comments: “This contract again marks the growing reputation of our VIEC technology in the market. Operators are increasingly experiencing its ability to improve the separation of heavy oil, breaking down possible emulsions and thereby reducing the amount of chemicals needed while improving process control.” All VIEC orders to date have been delivered on time and with good margins and is itself under constant improvement.


For more information, contact:

Ola Bøsterud
Senior Vice President Marketing and Communications
Tel: +47 85 27 26 78
Mob: +47 909 54 743
E-mail: ola.bosterud@aibel.com



Aibel (www.aibel.com) is a leading provider of products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry.

We provide production facilities, process systems, technology and products and, on behalf of our oil company, shipowner and field operator customers, we maintain, operate and modify on- and offshore facilities around the world. Our involvement in a project from day one ensures maximum optimization, right along the value chain.

A multicultural company with over 100 years of industry experience and more than 7,000 professionals, our dedication to meeting our customers’ needs is matched only by our equal commitment to innovation, integrity, safety and environmental sustainability.

Published 2008-04-22, 08:00 CET Updated 2011-01-19, 13:32 CET

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