PORTISHEAD, UK – An unnamed sponsor of a joint industry project (JIP) to develop the company’s V-IR subsea integrity monitoring system has committed to deploy V-LIM line insulation monitor units in various North Sea fields.
According to V-IR developerViper Subsea, the imminent deployment should improve umbilical condition monitoring and enable relatively simple integration of the V-IR subsea monitoring hardware.
The JIP, which started in October 2013, has attractedBP, Chevron, Shell, and Total as sponsors. The system is expected to be ready for field trials later in 2015.
Neil Douglas, managing director of Viper Subsea, said. “V-IR will be used to identify and locate faults in remote subsea electrical distribution systems.”
The V-LIM line insulation monitor can be integrated into topsides equipment either as part of a new development or as a retrofit to existing installations. It is said to accurately monitor the insulation resistance, polarization index, voltage, current, power, and capacitance of the umbilical and subsea equipment and will serve as the topsides modem for the V-IR system.
Viper Subsea is conducting development for the V-IR at its R&D facility near Bristol, while the JIP partners will ensure the products are optimized for field use.