ROCS is remotely controlled topside, using a controls unit said to offer improved functionality, and without a large hydraulic system, including a costly and heavy umbilical.
Mads Rødsjø, head of Aker BP’s subsea well operation, said: “The operation was planned in great detais, allowing for a safe execution…
“Through the use of ROCS we have been able to move tonnes of actual equipment from the rig, as well as mechanical and hydraulic interfaces, into a simple and efficient software.”
In January 2019 the two companies signed a frame agreement covering work on Aker BP’s subsea systems for two years, with an additional two-year extension.
During completion of subsea wells, the tubing hanger is placed on top of the wellhead, as a seal toward the rest of the subsea well. Normally this task is controlled via a dedicated hydraulic umbilical, including a 20-30 ft (6-9 m) control container.
When running the umbilical, it has to be clamped to the tubing for increased stability.
ROCS, however, remotely controls a controls unit toward the wellhead in a simpler operation. The system is mobilized in a single basket and prepared and made up onshore, so that it can be ready to run immediately offshore from a vessel or rig.