service to be emptied and inspected directly
by personnel, a process which Intertek said
can be hazardous and time consuming,
sometimes taking up to three days. The new
service is designed to allow clients to instead
send in a mini-ROV, which removes the need
to drain and refill the tank, mitigates risks to
personnel, and can ensure that tanks are back
in service after 12 hours. When evidence of
corrosion or bacteria is detected, the company
said it can make treatment recommendations,
including operational advice, cleaning, patch
recoating, or complete tank refurbishment.
While standardization and efficiency were
key themes throughout the event, 13 new and
innovative technologies received the Spotlight
on New Technology Award.
OneSubsea earned two awards. The first
was for the Aqua Watcher water analysis
sensor. This detects minuscule quantities of
water in multi-phase and wet gas flows, plus
determines the salinity of that water. The
patent-pending technology can also measure
the concentration of chemicals in water to
determine accurate dosage requirements. The
second award was for the HyFleX subsea tree
system. Designed so the tubing hanger and
tree can be installed and recovered independently of each other, it provides functional
flexibility and the ability to batch set wells,
risk mitigation, and cost savings in field development and over the life of the field.
GE Oil & Gas won for the SeaPrime, a
subsea mux BOP control system. It translates
electrical controls from the surface to hydraulic controls subsea that operate BOP systems.
Designed to operate as deep as 12,500 ft
( 3,810 m) below sea level, SeaPrime is the
first fault-tolerant design with the ability to
re-route hydraulic functions while remaining subsea, which prevents stack pulls.
It allows drilling contractors to continue
drilling if components of one point of
distribution (POD) fail. This new
design simplifies access to critical
components, uses only two pods,
and re-routes failed functions within
a POD to deliver three times more
availability without increasing maintenance.
AFGlobal Corp. received the award for
the riser gas handling system. This fea-
tures a purpose-built design that offers the
simplicity, flexibility, and reliability required
to efficiently mitigate gas for dynamically
positioned/moored rigs. It handles retrofits
and newbuilds using specialty riser joints and
equipment – all of which are transparent to
rig processes. The company says the system
diverts wellbore flow away from the rig floor
for safer and more efficient operations. It can
enable a controlled process for removing gas
from the riser, allowing larger volumes of gas
to be handled safely for longer periods of time.
The system also reduces mud loss.
Baker Hughes earned the award
for the Integrity eXplorer cement
evaluation service. Its new elec-tromagnetic-acoustic transducers
sensor technology allows operators
to directly assess the integrity of cement bonds in any current wellbore
environment or cement mixture.
This technique of verifying zonal isolation
gives operators the confidence they need
to make well-integrity decisions. Existing
evaluation techniques are acoustic-based.
The new service provides operators with
data about the properties of the respective
cement – thereby enabling them to make
critical decisions to help protect their assets,
reduce non-productive time, and minimize
SkoFlo Industries Inc. received the award for
the subsea back pressure regulators (BPRs).
The anti-siphoning, self-regulating devices create back pressure in chemical injection lines to
prevent uncontrolled delivery of chemicals into
production wells. BPRs prevent chemicals from
draining into injection points when a chemical
hydrostatic head exceeds injection pressure
and production wells become sub-ambient.
Barge Master was honored for the
BM-T40 motion compensated crane,
which enables safe lifting operations
from a moving vessel to an offshore
installation. It eliminates motions
at the base of the crane allowing
work to continue safely in higher
sea-states, eliminating the need
for platform cranes, and reducing
costs. It features a small footprint
and is designed to compensate for
sea induced motions of a knuckle
boom crane with a lifting capacity of
15 metric tons at a 10 m ( 33 ft) radius or
5 metric tons at a 20 m ( 66 ft) radius.
The company also received the OTC Small
Business Award, which recognizes innovative
technologies being developed by companies
with less than 300 employees.
Oceaneering International Inc. was recog-
nized for its remote piloting and automated con-
trol technology (RPACT). SMEs or ROV pilots
can establish ROV control through a satellite
or wireless network link to support operations
at a remote work site. The company says the
technology diminishes operational and environ-
mental risk while reducing potential damage to
tooling, manipulators, and subsea assets.
FMC Technologies earned the award for
the InLine ElectroCoalescer. This enables
efficient oil/water separation and
helps maximize deepwater produc-
tion of medium and heavy oil. This
compact, pipe-based technology
uses a high-frequency, alternat-
ing current with high voltage to
polarize, coalesce and enlarge
water droplets, which can then be
separated much faster in the down-
stream separation equipment.
Teledyne Oil & Gas won for
the electrical optical flying lead.
It features a hybrid wet mate
connector and an electrical wet
mate connector on either end of a
jumper assembly, with a qualified electrical/
optical converter integrated into the pressure
balanced, oil-filled hose. The company says
including the technology into a data trans-
mission network can allow for greater field
architecture flexibility at a lower cost.
Halliburton was honored for the BaraLogix
density and rheology unit. This is an autono-
mous, automated device that allows real-time
measurements of fluid density and rheology,
combined with trending analysis visible to
the well construction team. The unit can help
reduce risk, increase efficiency, and communi-
cate drilling performance in real time.
Lankhorst Ropes was recognized for the
LankoDeep – soft rope system, which is a
collaboration between Lankhorst Ropes, Deep
Tek, and DSM Dyneema. It is capable of han-
dling heavy loads at water depths of more than
3,000 m ( 9,842 ft). The system comprises Lank-
horst Ropes’ LankoDeep rope, DSM Dyneema,
and an active heave compensation drum winch
system from Deep Tek.
OES Oilfield Services Group was recognized
for DOPP (dropped object prevention program).
This tablet-based four-stage program evaluates
each rig site’s ability to control, implement, and
mitigate dropped objects. Using this informa-
tion, a bespoke awareness package is created
and delivered to all personnel on the rig in the
form of classroom and on-site hands on training.
The annual event returns to NRG Park on
May 1-4, 2017. •
The HyFleX subsea tree
system is designed
such that the tubing
hanger and tree are
of each other. (Courtesy
SeaPrime is the first fault-tolerant
design with the ability to re-route
hydraulic functions while remaining
subsea. (Courtesy GE Oil & Gas)
The Integrity eXplorer service is
able to directly assess the integrity
of cement bonds by determining
cement shear properties in any well-bore-fluid environment or cement
mixture. (Courtesy Baker Hughes)