Innovation is highlighted by OTC.13 Spotlight Award Winners

May 1, 2013

This year’s group of Spotlight Award winners at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC.13) brings advances in all areas of offshore activity. Advances were generated in drilling, logging, operational control, robotic intervention and more. Each advance creates improves safety, enhances efficiency, improves processes, or adds productivity to offshore operations.

Multiphase Subsea Boosting System by FMC TechnologiesMultiphase Subsea Boosting System
FMC Technologies, Inc. and Sulzer Pumps Ltd. won a Spotlight Award for developing a new high-speed, helico-axial multiphase subsea boosting system optimized for subsea applications. This system combines field-proven pump hydraulics with FMC Technologies’ permanent magnet technology from Direct Drive Systems for less maintenance with greater speed, efficiency and power. Visit them in Booth 1941.

FASTrak™ LWD
Baker Hughes won a Spotlight Award for the FASTrakTM logging-while-drilling (LWD) fluid analysis sampling and testing service. It provides knowledge of reservoir fluid properties to enhance critical decision-making about the reservoir. FASTrak addresses the growing need to acquire fluid samples in LWD environments, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Visit them in Booth 3731.

RamTel™ Plus System and ROV Subsea Display Panel
GE Oil & Gas won a Spotlight Award for its RamTel™ Plus. The system provides operators with a direct method of determining ram position (shear and/or sealing elements), important to know when closing in a well using a BOP. GE’s ROV display allows the ROV to read stack sensor data, including wellbore temperature and ram position subsea indicators. Visit them in Booth 3163.

Onboard DC-Grid
ABB Inc. won a Spotlight Award for the Onboard DC-Grid, an innovative marine technology that uses direct current to transport energy to different consumers onboard a vessel. It enables variable-speed operation of generator sets, significantly reduced fuel oil consumption, improved emission reduction, reduced maintenance, and new operational modes. Visit them in Booth 3917.

Complete Automated Technology System
Superior Energy Services won a Spotlight Award for its Complete Automated Technology Systems (CATS). CATS is an onshore and offshore completion services rig that uses remotely-operated or pre-programmed robotics to control completion components, including a snubbing unit, BOP/well control stack, pumps, circulation tanks, top drive, closing systems, and pipe handling systems as part of one unit. Visit them in Booth 5833.

Condition & Performance Monitoring
FMC Technologies won a Spotlight Award for its condition and performance monitoring (CPM) surveillance system. CPM combines continuous monitoring of sensors and subsea instrumentation with a historic database to identify fault condition and deviations from normal operating conditions. This enables proactive maintenance of subsea production and processing systems within a 24/7 collaborative environment for diagnosis and problem solving. Visit them in Booth 1941.

DOW NEPTUNE advanced subsea flow assurance insulation systemDOW NEPTUNE™
Bayou Wasco Insulation, Trelleborg Offshore, Dow Oil & Gas, and PIH share a Spotlight award for the DOW NEPTUNE™ advanced subsea flow assurance insulation system. It is a simple, robust, end-to-end flow assurance solution, protecting equipment, line pipe and field joints across the widest application and in-service temperature range of any wet insulation system (-40°C to 160°C, or -40°F to 320°F). It can withstand hydrostatic compression of ≥400 bar (4,000 m), and offers enhanced performance safety with a simple, two-layer application. Visit Bayou Wasco Insulation in Booth 3920 and Trelleborg Offshore in Booth 5255.

Well Cutter®
Welltec won a Spotlight Award for its innovative Well Cutter® that enables efficient drill pipe and casing recovery without explosives. A smooth, polished surface remains after the cut without generating shavings, and e-line conveyance ensures accurate depth control. The Well Cutter® offers a safer, faster, more reliable and cost-effective approach to cutting drill pipe and casing. Visit them in Booth 1453.

RDM-R system
Reelwell AS won a Spotlight Award for the Reelwell drilling method riserless (RDM-R) System that enables 3rd generation drilling units to drilling in 3000m of water, because of cuttings weight removed from the riser. Cuttings are transported to surface inside the dual drill string. Visit them in Booth 5241.

Continuous Motion Rig (CMR)
WeST Drilling products AS won a Spotlight Award for its Continuous Motion Rig (CMR), which offers the world´s first continuous drilling operation, and is also the world’s first fully-robotized rig. CMR reduces drilling time up to 50%, and facilitates managed pressure drilling. Visit them in Booth 5241.

Deepwater BOP Blind Shear Ram
GE Oil & Gas also won a Spotlight Award for developing new technology for shearing and sealing wellbore tubulars. The Blind Shear Ram is designed for use in GE’s ram blowout preventers used in offshore drilling. It provides an industry-first capability to shear some 6-5/8 in. drillpipe tool joints, while sealing up to 15,000 psi pressure differential. Visit them in Booth 3163.

SBM OFFSHORE Drilling Riser Trip-SaverDrilling Riser Trip Saver™
SBM Offshore won a Sportlight Award for its rail-mounted transport system, Drilling Riser Trip Saver™, which relocates a suspended drilling riser with a drilling riser tensioner system and surface blowout preventer in-place. This innovative apparatus and method for drilling multiple subsea wells consecutively, saves time and money, and reduces risk by avoiding removal of the suspended drilling riser from the well bay. Visit them in Boot 4141.

Mobile Robotic Cutback System
Bredero ShawCor Ltd. won a Spotlight Award for its Mobile Robotic Cutback System. The system is an innovative, end-machining technology for insulated pipe. It replaces manual wire brushing, grinding, and scraping to form the cutback. The new technology is safer, quieter, requires less labor, and produces consistent, high-quality cutback profiles, while generating recyclable waste. Visit them in Booth 3355.

Wärtsilä GasReformer
Wärtsilä Corporation won a Spotlight Award for its Wärtsilä GasReformer that turns waste gas: volatile organic compounds or associated gas, into a valuable energy source. It enables self-sustaining power generation for offshore operations. It provides environmental sustainability wand cost savings. Visit them in Booth 1325.

Retrofit Subsea Hot Tap Tee
Statoil ASA won a Spotlight Award for its remotely-welded, Retrofit Subsea Hot Tap Tee. While gas is flowing through a pipeline, a remote-controlled, hot tap operation begins by having a robot weld a T-piece onto the pipe. Next, a remote-controlled, drilling machine cuts holes in the pipeline, without affecting pressure or production. Visit them in Booth 430. OE



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