Siemens Energy opened its new subsea technology center
on Thursday in Trondheim, Norway.
Siemens invested more than 10 million in the
refurbishment of a building in which new process equipment will
be developed and manufactured.
The new facility covering an area of 10,000 square meters
will be the global research and development center for the
companys subsea oil and gas business. To date, Siemens
has created about 250 new jobs.
This new facility is another major step toward
becoming the leading developer of subsea power grid solutions.
Trondheim is a technology hub and we can find there
the qualified engineers we need for cutting-edge technology, said Tom Blades,
CEO of the oil and gas division of Siemens Energy.
The dilemma of demand growth exacerbated by mature field
depletion is forcing oil and gas companies to exploit offshore
fields farther out to sea at ever greater water depths.
Full-scale subsea processing is a vital component in
enabling the commercial viability of these fields that will be
brought on stream in the coming years around the globe in
places such as the North Sea, the Americas and West Africa, the
One of the main objectives of deepwater seabed processing is
to counter the enormous hydrostatic pressure, while closing the
recovery gap compared to a traditional land-based well.
Siemens subsea power grid can be deployed at water
depths of as much as 3000 meters and is an enabler in closing
this gap, opening the way for a more reliable and safer
offshore production environment.
Our aim is to help the oil and gas industry move
toward safer and more reliable deepwater production, said
Tom Blades, CEO of the Siemens oil and gas division. Our
new Trondheim subsea technology center significantly
expands our subsea capabilities. Solutions made in Trondheim
will enable large-scale subsea processing through subsea power
The subsea technology center is another
step in Siemens subsea power grid development. In March
2011, Siemens acquired the two Norwegian subsea specialists
Poseidon and Bennex to strengthen its in-house capabilities in
marinization, subsea engineering, subsea distribution and
From offices in Stavanger, Bergen and Kongsberg in Norway,
Aberdeen in the UK and Houston in the US, these entities give
added depth to Siemens subsea competence and product portfolio,
the company said.
The new research and development center will be part of
the Power Electronics Center, which is already located in
Trondheim. This center focuses on innovative development,
engineering and production for subsea grid equipment, drilling
and marine propulsion systems, and tailor-made converter
Siemens has in the meantime increased its work force in
Trondheim from 400 to as many as 650 employees. Trondheim will
be the headquarters for subsea activities within the Siemens
oil and gas division.
Additional offices will be set up in Houston, Rio de Janeiro
and Singapore, according to the company.