FMC Technologies, Inc. is an American global provider of equipment and services for the energy industry. The company has approximately 19,700 employees and operates 30 production facilities in 16 countries. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure pumps and fluid control equipment, measurement solutions and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry. The company also specializes in subsea technologies that maximize recovery of hydrocarbons from challenging reservoirs. FMC Technologies was incorporated in 2000 when FMC Corporation divested its machinery businesses. FMC Technologies has its headquarters in northern Houston, Texas. FMC Technologies. Retrieved on December 11, 2009.FMC Technologies should not be confused with FMC Corp., which is a separate company, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wikipedia.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2015-05-22
A reciprocating pump comprising a fluid end housing having a number of plunger sections, each of which includes a plunger bore within which a plunger is slidably received, a suction bore within which a suction valve is positioned, a discharge bore within which a discharge valve is positioned, and a cross bore chamber which is located between said bores and is configured as a surface of revolution. Each of the bores intersects the cross-bore chamber to thereby define a respective cross curve which is spatially separated from each adjacent cross curve. In this manner, the cross-bore chamber defines a single, contiguous surface which extends around and between all of said cross curves.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2015-09-03
A method includes designing a subsea equipment assembly having an insulation covering an outer surface of at least one equipment unit and a flow path formed through the at least one equipment unit. The designing includes modeling a temperature profile of the subsea equipment assembly having a fluid within the flow path, identifying at least one hot zone along an interface between the insulation and the outer surface, where the at least one hot zone is exposed to temperatures above a degradation temperature of the insulation, and designing at least one cold zone along the interface to border the at least one hot zone, the at least one cold zone exposed to maximum temperatures below the degradation temperature of the insulation.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2015-08-20
In one illustrative embodiment, the ball inserter device comprises, among other things, a body having a ball insertion opening and a ball drop opening, wherein the ball drop opening intersects the ball insertion opening, a ball inserter piston that is attached to the body and an inserter cavity isolation valve coupled to the body wherein the valve element, when closed, blocks the ball insertion opening and partially defines an insertion cavity between the inserter cavity isolation valve and the ball inserter piston and a pressure relief valve coupled to the body that is in fluid communication with the insertion cavity. In this example, the device also comprises a ball input device coupled to the body that includes a plug, a removable cap and an opening that is axially aligned with the ball drop opening.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2017-01-04
The present invention relates to the use of water-based control fluid in subsea systems as barrier fluid for electric motors (2) coupled to subsea pumps (1). For that purpose, a hose (HFL) (12) is arranged between an umbilical termination unit (9) and the electric motor (2) of the submersible pump (1), by means of a connection plate (MQC) (7). This installation makes more rational use of the space on the floating production unit by reducing the number of devices required for the implementation thereof, and by facilitating logistics regarding these products and devices.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2017-02-08
The present invention refers to a submarine hydraulic actuator with spring return, wherein the said spring is exposed directly in contact with the seawater, being constituted of inert material to corrosion and of special building. The said spring is assembled in a moving stopper (3) coupled by fixation special means to the actuator rod (5) and that is in sliding contact with a stabilizer extension (4) of the actuator rod (5) through two or more guide tears (20).
FMC Technologies | Date: 2016-10-19
A system for monitoring a medium voltage network comprising a plurality of medium voltage overhead lines, the system comprising a plurality of remote monitoring devices (1) distributed throughout the medium voltage network, each of the monitoring devices comprising three measurement sensors (2a, 2b, 2c), each measurement sensor being mounted on a separate medium voltage overhead line (3a, 3b, 3c) to the other two measurement sensors and each having means to measure the current and voltage of the medium voltage overhead line (3a,3b,3c); The system further includes a plurality of Data Acquisition Communicators (DACs) (22), each DAC associated with, and, in communication with, a plurality of monitoring devices (1) and configured to receive and process measurement data from its associated monitoring devices (1) and to compare the phase of the zero sequence current with the phase of the zero sequence voltage of the medium voltage overhead lines (3a, 3b, 3c) of each associated monitoring device (1) and to determine that there is a fault on an overhead line (3a, 3b, 3c) if phase difference is less than a predetermined level. A control center computer (24) IS configured to receive and analyze measurement data and line fault data from the plurality of Data Acquisition Communicators (22), the control center comprising a graphical user interface (30, 32) configured to display the location of faults on the medium voltage network display and a log of actions taken to rectify the fault by an automatic line repair system.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2016-08-31
A method includes disconnecting subsea equipment containing a first fluid from an installation in a subsea environment, wherein the first fluid is a produced fluid that includes produced hydrocarbons. Furthermore, the method also includes raising the disconnected subsea equipment from the subsea environment and controlling a fluid pressure of the first fluid in the subsea equipment with an accumulator device while raising the subsea equipment from the subsea environment, wherein the accumulator device includes first and second adjustable accumulator chambers and a movable pressure boundary separating the first and second adjustable accumulator chambers.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2016-03-16
A method for coalescing a disperse phase component in a primarily gas process fluid includes passing the process fluid through a structure. The structure includes an outer wall with an electrically insulating material formed on an entire inner surface of the outer wall to define an entirely insulated flow path for receiving the process fluid and the flow path is free of any portion of the structure. A plurality of planar, spaced-apart electrode plates is positioned within the entirely insulated flow path and positioned substantially parallel to one another and substantially the entirety of each of the plurality of electrode plates is coated with an insulative material. At least one insulating member disposed in a space between and spaced apart from two adjacent electrode plates. A power source is applied to the electrode plates to generate an electrical field to coalesce droplets of the disperse phase component.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2016-08-06
A method for monitoring a condition in at least one of a plurality of casing annuli in a subsea hydrocarbon production system having a wellhead housing mounted at the upper end of a well bore and a number of concentric well casings extending from the wellhead housing through the well bore, including an innermost casing through which a hydrocarbon fluid is produced. The plurality of casing annuli are defined between successive ones of the wellhead housing and the well casings. The method involves sensing at least a first condition at a first location in a first casing annulus, generating a first data signal at the first location which is indicative of the first condition, transmitting the first data signal from the first location to a second location either outside the wellhead housing or inside the innermost casing, receiving the first data signal at the second location; and transmitting the first data signal from the second location to a remote location at which the first condition may be monitored. The first data signal is transmitted from the first location to the second location using near-field magnetic induction (NFM) communications signals.
FMC Technologies | Date: 2016-08-08
A method for monitoring a subsea hydrocarbon production or processing apparatus involves mounting a subsea control module (SCM) on or adjacent the apparatus, mounting a first base unit on or adjacent the apparatus at a distance from the SCM, mounting a plurality of first sensor devices on the apparatus, each of the plurality of first sensor devices being configured to generate a first sensor signal representative of a condition of a component of the apparatus or a property of a fluid in the apparatus, operating each first sensor device to generate a corresponding first sensor signal, wirelessly transmitting each first sensor signal from its corresponding first sensor device to the first base unit, wirelessly receiving the first sensor signals at the first base unit, transmitting the first sensor signals from the first base unit to the SCM, and receiving the first sensor signals at the SCM. In this manner, the SCM is provided with a plurality of first sensor signals which are representative of a condition of each of a number of first components of the apparatus and/or a property of a fluid at each of a number of first locations in the apparatus.