Although the in-person event has been canceled, The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is continuing to share positive updates from the industry. This week, it announced the 2020 recipients of the Spotlight on New Technology Award. Eighteen technologies from 14 companies from around the world will be awarded this year, including six companies that will be recognized for the Spotlight on Small Business Award.
The Spotlight on New Technology Award recognizes companies that have created new and advanced technologies that play a role in advancing the offshore oil and gas sector into the forthcoming years.
This was the second year Bosch Rexroth’s Subsea Valve Actuator has been recognized, as it received the Award of Merit as one of five finalists in the 2019 Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award. This award was presented at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston in 2019 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The SVA is designed to serve in any subsea production system—even in shallow water—but its benefits increase with the applied water depth and tie-back distance, and is therefore a good solution for ultra-deep production fields. It combines an electromechanical actuator with a hydrostatic drive, providing a safer, cleaner, more efficient and modular solution for subsea valve activation.
Bosch Rexroth High Force and Low Voltage Subsea Valve Actuator (SVA) enables the implementation of the all-subsea factory in green- as well as in brownfields. The award-winning solution was recognized for its environmentally friendly setup, energy efficiency and functional safety. Featuring a cost-effective modular design with complete redundant drive and safety system, the solution works reliably in operating depths up to 3,000 m.
Combining the advantages of both electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic systems in a compact electro-mechanical actuator with hydrostatic drive, the SVA proves to be a viable alternative to electro-mechanical and conventional hydraulic systems. The SVA provides up to SIL3 safety including condition monitoring, consumes up to 75 percent less energy, and is designed for 25 years of operation. With redundant pressure compensation, it can reliably operate in the harsh environment of subsea applications.
Electrification of previously installed subsea production systems has not been a viable option in the past, due to their demand for high-voltage power supplies. The newly designed Bosch Rexroth SVA can provide high forces to actuate the installed valves by using the available low voltage power supply – according to the Subsea Instrumentation Interface Standard (SIIS).
For the exploration of new installations, Rexroth’s SVA solution provides a key component to complete the all-subsea factory, qualifying as a compact solution for all subsea actuators that demand a fail-safe closure by springs or high actuation forces. This especially applies to installations where electric actuators have not yet been able to replace conventional hydraulic systems, e.g. for safety-relevant valves up to SIL3 or high forces with limited space and weight available, when operating 7” gate valves or high pressure / high temperatures wells.
Highlights of the winning product include the avoidance of hydraulic leakage into the ocean, increasing productivity with a highly-reliable, safe and precise actuator, as well as new possibilities to expand brownfields with new equipment – without adding new hydraulic or electric power supplies.
In addition, the SVA qualifies as an ideal solution to simplify existing production systems removing the dependency on hydraulic power lines in umbilicals and the associated top-side Hydraulic Power Units (HPU).
With these features, the SVA completes the range of traditional hydraulic and all-electric subsea actuators for subsea control and production systems. Optimized for manufacturing, the system is based on industrial standard components and produced to the highest quality standards, using efficient lean production methods.
Visit www.boschrexroth.com/subsea for more details.
Other Spotlight winners include:
- Advisian Digital producer of CAROL
- Baker Hughes producer of SureCONNECT Downhole Intelligent Wet-Mate System
- Baker Hughes producer of Aptara lightweight compact tree
- Bosch Rexroth producer of A High Force and Low Voltage Subsea Valve Actuator (SVA) to enable the implementation of the ALL SUBSEA FACTORY in BROWN Fields
- Dril-Quip Inc. producer of VXTe Vertical Subsea Tree System
- Halliburton producer of Xaminer Magnetic Resonance (XMR™) service
- NOV producer of SWIT – Subsea Low Sulphate and Low Salinity Plant
- NOV producer of PowerBlade Energy Recovery System
- Schlumberger producer of NeoSteer at-bit steerable system
- Schlumberger producer of Ora intelligent wireline formation testing platform
- Siemens producer of Siemens AM Monitor
- TechnipFMC producer of Subsea Power Distribution Station
Spotlight Small Business Winners:
- DarkVision producer of HADES-F
- Rocsole Ltd producer of LITI -Liquid In-Tank Inspection
- Rolloos producer of Red Zone Service
- Upwing Energy producer of Upwing Subsurface Compressor System
- WFS Technologies Ltd producer of Seatooth SmartClamp
- WFS Technologies Ltd producer of Subsea Cloud Computing Network
“We’re pleased to present this year’s recipients for their outstanding work in our industry,” said Cindy Yeilding, chairperson, OTC Board of Directors. “Their new technologies and services are shaping the way offshore products and services are advancing into the future. We applaud these companies for their hard work and dedication to this field.”
Winning technologies were selected based on the following five criteria:
- New: less than two years old
- Innovative: original, groundbreaking, and capable of having a major impact
- Proven: through full-scale application or successful prototype testing
- Broad Interest: broad appeal for the industry
- Significant Impact: provides significant benefits beyond existing technologies
Since 2014, OTC has supported and recognized the innovative technologies being developed by small businesses with the Spotlight on Small Business Award. In addition to meeting the above criteria, a small business honoree must be either independently owned and operated; a nonprofit company; or have no more than 300 employees preceding the 12 months after the application deadline.
“There has been a growing trend in the number of small business applicants and therefore winners in recent years,” Yeilding said. “This is a direct reflection of the innovation currently happening within the industry as well as the importance of this recognition. More and more companies are developing new technologies that are revolutionizing the offshore sector, and we are honored to be able to shine a spotlight to help the entire industry grow and thrive.”