Award-winning project incorporates SKF’s S2M magnetic bearings to increase reliability in seabed gas compression system

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    2012 November 23, 10:00 CET

    SKF S2M's magnetic bearings were selected to equip the compressors and high speed motors of the Åsgard Subsea Gas Compression System, by Statoil and Aker Solutions, this year's winner of the Innovation Awards at the 2012 Offshore North Sea (ONS) exhibition in Norway.


    The compression system, for the Åsgard project in the Norwegian Sea, comprises a large seabed structure with two compressors, pumps, scrubbers and coolers designed to prolong the operating life of the gas field and improve recovery rates, where declining natural gas pressures would in the future be too small to deliver the gas to the surface.


    “We congratulate Statoil and Aker Solutions on a development that will not only benefit Åsgard but will pave the way for advantageous subsea solutions for the entire oil and gas community. SKF is delighted that S2M bearings were selected for this innovative project”, says SKF‘s S2M Director, Laurent Clouet.  


    The magnetic bearings’ high reliability is derived from their frictionless, oil-free, low maintenance operation and has benefits in terms of high efficiency, long service life and maintainability in the remote, unmanned operating conditions on the seabed floor. Installed at a depth of 200-300 meters, the compressors are too deep for divers and accessible only by remote underwater vehicles (ROVs)".  



    Gothenburg, 23 November 2012


    Aktiebolaget SKF




    For further information, please contact:
    Nia Kihlström, SKF Group Communication,
    tel: +46 31-337 28 97, mobile: +46 706 67 28 97, e-mail:


    Colin Roberts, SKF Group Communication,

    tel +31 30 6075608, mobile: +31 653 944 111,



    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011 were SEK 66,216 million and the number of employees was 46,039.


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