Autumn 2014

Forging stronger links

RMSpumptools re-designs its subsea wet-mate connectors and wins more contracts.

The team at RMSpumptools has recently completed a series of product developments to improve on its industry leading electrical wet-mate connector technology that meets specific customer needs and industry challenges.

Taking the existing highly successful and proven products as a starting point, RMSpumptools engineers Steve Hayton, Ian Boyington and Alan Craven repackaged electrical connectors to achieve a slimmer, reduced diameter version with increased temperature rating (up to 155°C).

The unique features of WellConnect™ V1 electrical wet-mate connector feed through system enables the capacity for increased port facilities in the subsea tubing hanger to deliver better use of subsea equipment. These developments establish new industry standards in temperature ratings as the connectors can withstand more extreme subsea conditions.

The project took nine months from concept to prototype testing and manufacture, with the first application confirmed in the Chevron Indonesia Deep Water Development (through GE Oil & Gas), a three-field natural gas project involving billions of (US) dollars in investment. Bespoke WellConnect™ V1 technology will be used for subsea trees, tubing hangers and tubing hanger running tools in the Makassar Strait, between Sulawesi and Borneo.

Michael Winfield, subsea business manager, RMSpumptools said:

“The team has delivered some fantastic improvements creating real value for our customer, and showing the levels of innovation we can achieve. The contracts show the versatility of our product range and our ability to meet the challenge of the industry’s most demanding environments by supplying our clients with bespoke products.”

The team has also been selected to supply its WellConnect™ Horizontal wet-mate electrical connector systems to Statoil and WellConnect™ Concentric wetmate connectors to DrilQuip in Trinidad, near Venezuela.

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