EV unveils industry-first wireless subsea camera at OTC

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Fast-growing oil & gas remote camera and video technology specialists EV has unveiled the industry’s first commercial wireless subsea camera at OTC in Houston.

Fast-growing oil & gas remote camera and video technology specialists EV has unveiled the industry’s first commercial wireless subsea camera at OTC in Houston. The ground-breaking tool, which can stream live video over distances of up to five metres back to a pick-up point such as an ROV or hard-wired receiver, has the potential to significantly reduce both operational risk and time.

The battery-powered Neptus Wireless Subsea Camera (WSC) provides a major step change for the subsea sector through its unique features and has the capability to operate at depths of up to 350 metres (1,150ft) for 10 hours.

Applications for the camera and receiver include providing multi-perspective views of complex operations such as subsea tool intervention, construction and remote monitoring of subsea equipment. The camera’s through-water wireless radio frequency (RF) technology has been supplied by a specialist in the field, WFS Technologies.

Francis Neill, CEO of EV, said: “Early application of the camera, which can readily and easily be deployed by ROV or attached to subsea hardware, also brings the very real potential of cutting out costly and time-consuming operational phases. For example, instead of deploying additional ROVs to capture a second or third perspective, which requires extra support infrastructure, Neptus WSC overcomes this by providing the additional view point and communicating wirelessly back to the operating ROV.        

“Innovative technology is vital to addressing the increasingly complex deepwater environments that the subsea sector is encountering and we have already received extremely positive feedback on our Neptus Subsea Camera WSC. Early discussions with ROV operators and subsea construction companies have generated significant interest in the technology with initial wet tests on elements of the tool conducted last month (April).”

Among other key applications that the Neptus WSC provides are:

  •     Providing a wider perspective view of subsea ROV operations
  •     Making up subsea connections between jumpers and manifolds, risers and templates or vessels - anywhere that multiple views or perspectives are required in order to bring together two or more items and which are currently achieved by using a second or third ROV.
  •     Tooling/Subsea Controls Applications which provide an additional view of operations such as subsea intervention around templates or wellheads and valve manipulation.
  •     Remote Subsea Monitoring. For example, leak monitoring or structural assessments from remote locations where cabled solutions are not practical.

The Neptus WSC tool is to be launched commercially next month (June) and will be followed in January 2012 with an advanced version that will feature an increased pressure rating, longer subsea life and pan & tilt zoom capability, and a wireless range of up to 10 metres.

Alistair Birnie, chief executive of industry body Subsea UK, said: “Enterprising technology is fundamental to overcoming some of the challenges being faced by the subsea sector, particularly as it moves increasingly into some of the world’s deepest water provinces.    

“EV’s wireless subsea camera underlines the UK’s excellent pedigree in supplying the sector with leading technology in that it meets an identified operational need of working in deeper waters for a longer period of time.”

EV has rapidly emerged as market leaders in downhole and wellbore camera technology. With bases in Aberdeen, Lafayette and Norwich, EV delivers customisable seabed and wells’ surveillance solutions.

Find out more about EV by visiting: http://www.evcam.com

Notes to editor:
EV has rapidly emerged as a market leader in the international oil and gas industry by carving out a niche for itself as specialists in oil and gas remote downhole and wellbore camera and video technology.

Having successfully transferred more than more than 30 years’ expertise in TV and communications technology into the oil and gas industry, the company’s state-of-the-art technology allows pictures to be taken in remote and challenging environments such as down oil and gas wells and on the seabed.

The tools include drill-pipe, coil tubing, electric line and slickline deployment capability. EV also provides a range of products and bespoke solutions for riser and pipeline inspection, leak monitoring, construction and decommissioning.

With a rapidly expanding global footprint, EV’s technologies and personnel can also be mobilised at short notice to any location.

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