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Aker BP contracts remotely operated controls system

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Optime Subsea has announced that Aker BP will be the first user of technology it has developed that removes umbilical controlled tubing hanger operations, increasing safety and reducing operational time, cost, and environmental risk.

Aker BP contracts remotely operated controls system

Optime Subsea, is based in Notodden, Norway, with an office in Houston, Texas, US, and is a controls and intervention provider. The company's relationship with Aker BP started with Optime's subsea controls and intervention light system (SCILS) on the semi-submersible drilling rig, Deepsea Nordkapp, owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. This collaboration has now been extended with Aker BP bringing Optime's remotely operated controls system (ROCS) onboard this same rig.

"In Aker BP we are continuously working on improving our subsea operations, making them safer, simpler and more cost efficient. This contract award will be an important part of this work, as well as acknowledging the continued successful collaboration with Optime. We have identified another breakthrough technology which will further improve our operations. With ROCS, Aker BP can substantially reduce its completions time and cost by removing the umbilical. We avoid the costly mobilisation, increase our weather window, as well avoid unneccessary “Red Zone” work”, said Mads Rødsjø, Special advisor Aker BP Drilling & Well.

Controlling the tubing hanger running tool is currently done through a dedicated umbilical controlled from a large topside hydraulic unit. When deploying, the umbilical is clamped to the riser for increased stabilisation. The operation is traditionally time-consuming, and the clamping will result in hours of additional higher risk operations. Using the ROCS will significantly reduce the time spent on this operation. Optime's ROCS offers the same controls functionality to the tubing hanger, without the topside hydraulic unit and without a large, heavy and costly umbilical and controls system.

"Until completing a few runs we will not be able to affirmatively state the total days in savings for subsea well completions, but we are convinced that this system will provide Aker BP and all other operators days, not hours, in savings, for every single well. Although today's market is hard to predict, we are definitely able to see the future with this system being ready by end of the year – there will be tremendous industry wide cost savings for everyone", said Trond Løkka (left), Optime's Business Development Manager.

"We are a company that grows organically. Although that can be a slower path to success, if we leverage our unique technological controls and intervention expertise, we are able to turn these major industry changing events into an opportunity to help and lead in the new market. Thanks to Aker BP's focus on technology improving operations, we believe this to be one of those game changing moments for the industry", Jan-Fredrik Carlsen (right), Optime´s CEO said.

Image courtesy of Optime Subsea

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