SEA develops new subsea control module to extend life of marginal and late-life fields

Published 1st February 2017

Cohort company SEA has developed a new low cost and short lead-time module to extend the life of marginal developments and late-life fields in the oil and gas sector.

The Subsea Control Module (SCM), including a Subsea Electronic Module (SEM) and Master Control Station (MCS), has been developed by SEA’s Subsea Engineering team, based in Aberdeen and will be launched at Subsea Expo, which takes place from February 1-3.

It is designed to bring a new dimension to combatting obsolescence as pressure mounts to extract more life from existing equipment, particularly in the reducing North Sea sector.

Further benefits of the SEA system include a high level of configurability while maintaining reduced complexity by using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware where available. Recent work in decommissioning has also highlighted a need for pre-abandonment monitoring systems.

SEA Subsea Engineering Director Matt Blair said:

“The current market makes us all challenge conventional thinking. Our wider experience within the subsea production controls and defence industries allows us to bring novel and innovative solutions to address an increasingly competitive environment.

“The challenges of hardware obsolescence drives our flexible approach to engineering offering solutions designed with maintainability and a circular economy in mind.”

SEA will be exhibiting the new SCM on Stand #89 at Subsea Expo, Aberdeen, from February 1-3.