WFS Technologies Tackles Subsea Challenges
Technology to enhance operational effectiveness, while reducing risk and preventing interruption to pipeline production has been developed by Subsea Internet of Things (SIoT) specialists, WFS Technologies.
The patented Seatooth PipeLogger is an integrated pipeline, umbilical, risers and flowlines temperature monitoring and data transfer solution that can provide real-time monitoring for offshore and subsea assets. It has been previously used to reduce the risk and operational costs associated with coiled tube fatigue, producing savings of over £1 million in one installation alone. More widely, this technology can provide an innovative solution to challenges facing the wider industry, as it works to ensure the integrity of an asset’s lifecycle and reduce its cost of ownership.
Moray Melhuish from WFS says, “We understand that real-time, operational data is vital for offshore asset owners seeking reliable ways to minimise or predict failure, while also maximising efficiencies and uptime. This is particularly crucial for those operating in a largely maturing industry that suffers from a lack of connectivity and sensors in extreme conditions. With 70% of subsea assets already at or beyond design life, our technology can determine the potential for late-life extension and support wider asset management.”
WFS Technologies was last year ranked as one of the ten most promising companies at the Rice Alliance Roundup at the Ocean Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. The companies were chosen by industry experts and investors because they demonstrated the diversity of innovation, talent, investment, potential and success in the energy and clean tech industry.
The business, expanding due to demand for its products and services, will be showcasing its next generation suite of wireless subsea technology, including the Seatooth Pipelogger, Seatooth Video and the Seatooth WiPS integrated pressure monitoring system, at OTC in Houston as part of the Scottish Pavilion (booth 1061). Demonstrations of each system, showing wireless data transmission from a water tank to the desktop, will be ongoing all week, while the company will also have a scale model of its latest innovative fatigue monitoring SmartClamp.