Work on the next generation of all-electric subsea production systems is being advanced, albeit not swiftly, as there is a three-way competition amongst big hardware companies.

Aker Solutions and TechnipFMC are working on developments, following in the footsteps of work done more than a decade ago by OneSubsea-cum-Cameron.

The subsea technology arena is well familiar with the false dawn of technology take-up. One can go back to the beginning of the 21st century and the development of the Troll Pilot subsea separation system by Norsk Hydro with the support of ABB. It took more than another half decade before Statoil released its Tordis seabed separation system in Norway and another similar period for Total to put down another such system at Pazflor in Angola.

So it has been with all-electric subsea production systems.

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