The benefits of subsea boosting pumps have been applied to water injection pumps, which are also being installed on the seabed. The operation of water injection pumps is similar to oil boosting pumps, although the required pressures and flows are much greater. FMC Technologies' Direct Drive Systems® business has the only enabling motor technology that can deliver the necessary powers and speeds. We are actively working to design and qualify higher pressure and volume water injection pumps.
Aside from subsea pumps, the industry has started to design and qualify subsea compressor systems. Although no subsea compressors have been installed to date, Direct Drive Systems’ permanent magnet motors have been identified as an enabling technology.