Aberdeen based Nautronix and Cameron's Drilling Systems division in Houston have been awarded an OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award for NASMUX (Nautronix Acoustic Subsea Multiplex).
This acoustic multiplex control system for subsea Blowout preventers (BOP) is currently in the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) stage of development. The system, which features a high function-count, will allow acoustic primary control of subsea BOP for the first time.
The prestigious Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight on New Technology Award recognises innovative technologies which are / will significantly impact offshore exploration and production. The winning products must be new, innovative, proven, have broad interest and offer significant impact to the industry.
David McWhorter, Vice President, Engineering and Quality for Cameron's Drilling Systems division said: "We are delighted that NASMUX has been awarded such a highly established award. We recognise the Nautronix acoustic signalling technology ADS2 as world class and look forward to working with them to develop this system. We are confident of success with NASMUX since the underlying technology has already been proven with the Cameron Environmental Safety Guard (ESG) subsea isolation device. This is a logical progression of the technology pioneered by Cameron and Nautronix and we are delighted that the judges also recognise the impact this will have on the industry."
This system, which will utilize Nautronix' ADS2 (Acoustic Digital Spread Spectrum) signalling technology, aims to ultimately remove the requirement for an umbilical for control, resulting in numerous safety, operational and economic benefits to offshore operations.
This is not the first time the two companies have partnered to develop an acoustic system. In 2002 they worked together for Shell to develop compatibility between Cameron's ESG and the Nautronix ADS2 technology, resulting in NASBOP (Nautronix Acoustic Subsea Blow Out Preventer), a reliable, 8 function, acoustic primary control system.
Nautronix Chief Executive Officer, Mark Patterson said: "Since the development of NASBOP we have recognised the potential for a system with a greater number of functions to allow subsea BOP control. We are delighted Cameron also shares our outlook and are thankful for their continued support to develop this application of our acoustic technology. This award highlights our commitment to innovation and the potential for our ADS2 technology to have a strong positive impact on the industry."
The Spotlight on New Technology Award was presented to Cameron and Nautronix at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on Monday 4th May.
Marking the 40th anniversary since it was founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. OTC is held annually at Reliant Park in Houston.