Riser and Lifting System

The Riser and Lifting System (RALS) is designed to lift the mineralised material to the Production Support Vessel (PSV) using a Subsea Slurry Lift Pump (SSLP) and a vertical riser system. The seawater/rock is delivered into the SSLP at the base of the riser, where it is pumped to the surface via a gravity tensioned riser suspended from the PSV.

It comprises a large pump and rigid riser pipe hanging from a vessel which delivers the slurry to the surface. The proposed positive displacement pump is designed and built by GE Hydril (Houston, TX). The SSLP hangs from a solid vertical (riser) pipe suspended beneath the support vessel. The pipe is deployed to the seabed by a derrick and draw works system on board the vessel.

To read more on the current status of the RALS click here

To see more of the seafloor production equipment click here

To see an animation of how it will work click here

Subsea Slurry Lift Pump

Subsea slurry lift pump
(Image courtesy of =GE Oil and Gas)
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Subsea Slurry Lift Pump

Subsea slurry lift pump
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