WFS Technologies has partnered Subsea Energy Solutions to leverage their combined global expertise and range of high-grade systems to provide a suite of monitored cable protection products for the offshore energy industry
The collaboration will allow WFS utilize its smart wireless Seatooth technologies, which provide real-time insight to companies operating in extreme environments, with SES’s offshore cable and subsea umbilical, riser and flowline protection systems.
The two firms plan to help companies in the industry protect their assets and boost productivity through efficient, cost-cutting processes which also protect the environment by reducing carbon footprints. They also project an increase in market share across new sectors including but not limited to oil and gas, offshore wind and marine energy (wave, tidal and river).
Philip A.R. Stanyon, Director at Yorkshire-based Subsea Energy Solutions, said: “As a business, we continuously want to push the boundary of what is possible to provide the best possible equipment for the offshore energy industry.
“WFS systems are renowned for their unparalleled ability to communicate underwater. Integrating WFS sensing equipment onto SUB-VBR Vertebrae Bend Restrictors, SUB-FLEX Cable Protection Systems and SUB-BSR-D Dynamic Bend Stiffeners will allow motion data to be provided to the client, providing new insight into fatigue in real time.”
Moray Melhuish, Commercial Director at WFS Technologies, said: “By combining our products with SES, we are not only offering significant productivity and cost benefits, we are also reducing risk and improving carbon footprints. This is particularly pertinent to the oil & gas sector in light of the oil price and COVID-19, which has had a huge impact on resource, because our technology reduces the need for intervention and can extend asset life.
“When we were looking for partners for our technology, we only wanted to work with the best and we knew the partnership with Subsea Energy Solutions would work seamlessly for us. They too have global connections which will further build upon our own established network as we, along with SES, look to scale our industry reach.”
The WFS Seatooth technology allows wireless status transmission to and from the surface, sharing performance data as a continuous health check as well as providing additional confidence to clients when looking after their key assets. This innovative technology also avoids through-water cabling.
This is the second collaboration that WFS has announced in as many months to support global growth for its patented Seatooth products. The Scottish firm has also signed a strategic oil and gas alliance with Nigeria’s AeonX Limited to promote and deliver the full range of state-of-the-art Seatooth products for asset integrity and flow assurance monitoring to existing and new clients in Nigeria.
AeonX is an integrated oil and gas engineering company, which provides subsurface and engineering services, and is also an adviser to the West Africa oil and gas industry. AeonX provides wireless asset integrity monitoring including real-time insight into the condition of subsea infrastructure as well as pipeline temperature and pressure monitoring and structural fatigue monitoring.The firm partnered with WFS because it believes its range of wireless Seatooth asset and structural integrity monitoring devices were integral to AeonX’s continued success in West Africa and complemented their own specialist services to clients.