Forum Develops Remote Piloting Capability for ROVs

– Remote Piloting for Perry and Sub-Atlantic ROVs –

Aberdeen, UK – 3rd August 2020 – Forum Energy Technologies has revealed it has developed and demonstrated the ability to remotely operate Workclass and Observation Class (Perry and Sub-Atlantic) ROV systems between an offshore vessel and a remote location.

This new capability brings major opportunities to adapt operational practices in response to the latest industry drives as cost savings and reductions in HSE risks can be realised through reducing offshore crew sizes.

The concept of remote piloting was proven by Forum 2010 when the company successfully operated its TXLX Workclass ROV in its test pool at Kirkbymoorside, UK  from a TXLX Console located in Florida, USA. Remote Control capabilities demonstrated were camera and light controls, manifold power on/off, depth and gyro power, pan and tilt controls, manipulator controls, ROV thruster controls, auto heading controls. At that time, internet speeds were much slower than today resulting in high latency telemetry which the control system software was not equipped to counter.

However, continued development in software efficiencies which reduce the effect of network latency coupled with increased availability and reliability of the global 4G network has now allowed Forum to offer remote operations on its full range of ROV systems. Forum’s ICE™ & subCAN™ remote operations suites provide a robust means of piloting vessel or platform-based systems from an onshore control facility via a wired, 4G or satellite connection.

The onshore hardware replicates the offshore HMI hardware and GUI so will be immediately familiar to operators. The Onshore Control Module provides a local hub for power and data connections.

Existing offshore control station hardware is upgraded to allow remote control and monitoring of power systems. The Offshore Control Module interfaces with the upgraded hardware providing control and monitoring via the existing ICE/subCAN network. A key-switch, in conjunction with the software, ensures secure control of hand-over between offshore and onshore stations.

The ICE™ & subCAN™ control software applies enhanced position control when a compatible DVL and gyro are fitted to the ROV.

The system upgrade components are manufactured and delivered from Forum’s UK facility in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire.

Kevin Taylor, Forum’s vice president – subsea vehicles, said: “Forum has a strong reputation globally for manufacturing high quality, robust ROVs and associated auxiliary products for a number of industries ranging from oil and gas to renewables, defence, mining and telecommunications. This additional and important feature is part of our continued product support and development across the entire range.

“Remote operations can reduce the number of personnel offshore, particularly during complex processes or technical procedures which may require a specialist to be deployed. The capability also aligns strongly with industry drives to reduce carbon footprint and deliver safe, efficient operations.”

Forum Energy Technologies has 50 years’ experience producing Perry and Sub-Atlantic ROVs and has produced more than 800 ROV systems. Our Remote Intervention Technologies is unmatched throughout the world as is our range of ROVs, TMSs, winches and A-Frames. Our ROV manufacturing is certified and compliant to ISO 9001 and 18001.

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Issued on behalf of Forum Energy Technologies by Gillian George. For more information, please contact gillian.george@bigpartnership.co.uk or +44 (0)1224 211045.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion and, production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.f-e-t.com

Forum Energy Technologies Appoints Chinese Partner to Support Asian Growth Strategy

Aberdeen, UK – 8th June 2020 – Forum Energy Technologies has announced that Wuxi Haiying-Cal Tec Marine Technology Co., Ltd will represent Forum for the sale of the company’s extensive range of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in China, including its recently launched XLe Spirit electric ROV.

The vehicle, which recently completed successful sea trial in Norway, is the first of a new generation of electric observation class ROVs. It is the smallest in the new range, and powerful enough perform subsea maintenance and repair work.

Kevin Taylor, Vice President — Subsea Vehicles at Forum Energy Technologies, said: “We continue to see strong demand for our products in China and the wider Asian market, and recognised the need for a local partner to support our long-term growth strategy.

“It’s important that we work with the best and most well-respected partners in country and Wuxi Haiying-Cal Tec Marine Technology Co., Ltd provides us with another strong channel to complement to our existing framework across the academic, survey and energy markets.

“This agreement ensures that our clients in China receive the same streamlined and consistent support they are accustomed to around the globe. We look forward to engaging with new and existing companies through this partnership to grow our foothold in China and deliver our world-class range of reliable ROVs.”

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Issued on behalf of Forum Energy Technologies by Gillian George. For more information, please contact gillian.george@bigpartnership.co.uk or +44 (0)1224 211045.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion and, production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.f-e-t.com

Forum’s XLX-C ROV Successfully Completes Sea Trials for Vietnam Navy

Aberdeen, UK – 26th May 2020 – Forum Energy Technologies’ remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Perry XLX-C, has successfully completed sea trials in Vietnam.

Working with its customer Submarine Manufacturing & Products (SMP) and the Vietnam Navy, the sea trials followed an extensive commissioning period and factory acceptance test which took place at Forum’s test tank in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, UK.

The vehicle is the compact derivative of the highly successful XLX work class ROV. The XLX-C ROV was designed, manufactured and tested on the same site. It is a heavy-duty work class hydraulic ROV with a depth rating of 4,000m, with ancillary equipment, including cameras, lights, altimeters and sonars.

It will be used to support the Vietnamese’ submarine rescue vehicle in its operations during assessment and preparation of a site for a submersible rescue. The XLX-C is fitted with Forum’s latest technology and can deliver specialized equipment, including an Emergency Life Support System, to a distressed submarine. It was supplied with an Emergency Life Support Stores (ELSS) underslung ROV skid which allows the transport and deployment of up to three ELSS pods at once to a distressed submarine (DISSUB).

The XLX-C is coupled with a Forum Dynacon Launch and Recovery System (LARS) manufactured in the US. The Houston team also supplied a VMAX ROV training simulator for the XLX-C as a training aid for the ROV pilots. Forum’s software developers designed a new scenario to instruct pilots on how to latch the ROV with a distressed submarine using a ‘sticky foot’ tool in order to deliver emergency supply pods.

Forum has also provided the Vietnam Navy with a VisualSoft, four Channel VisualDVR, system. This is a multichannel digital video recorder with dynamic overlay and was supplied by Forum’s VisualSoft team in Aberdeen, UK. The VisualSoft product line has been synonymous with underwater digital video recording and data management since the company pioneered the use of the technology 20 years ago.

Kevin Taylor, Forum’s vice president – subsea vehicles, commented: “The XLX-C’s successful sea trials marks another success for the company as we continue to bring the latest technology to the industry. The vehicle’s capabilities make it ideally suited to a wide range of operations in the defence market.

“Forum has a robust strategy of providing first-class engineering, after market support and service to our clients from our operating centres in the key regions. We have an excellent global team and this project demonstrates the integrated approach we have to ensuring we deliver the best vehicles, bespoke simulation training, and digital video and data acquisition products. We look forward to continuing to support the Vietnam Navy in their subsea operations.”

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Issued on behalf of Forum Energy Technologies by Gillian George. For more information, please contact gillian.george@bigpartnership.co.uk or +44 (0)1224 211045.

 

Notes to Editors:

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the drilling, downhole, subsea, completions and production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.f-e-t.com

Forum’s ROV to Support Indonesia’s Largest Copper and Gold Mine

Aberdeen, UK – 27th March 2020 – Forum Energy Technologies has secured an order from PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (“Amman Mineral”) to supply one of its observation-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to support operations at Indonesia’s second largest copper and gold mine.

The vehicle will be deployed at Batu Hijau on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, for subsea mining operations. The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system will be equipped with two five-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. The new asset will replace the company’s current Super Mohawk ROV and incorporates much of the existing surface equipment.

The Super Mohawk II is well-suited for all inspection and light work tasks including non-destructive testing, seabed analysis, scientific survey and data sample collection.

This is the second time Forum has delivered one of its observation-class ROVs for work relating to the mine, having supplied the quarry’s previous owners, PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara, with a Super Mohawk previously.

Amman Mineral successfully completed the purchase of Newmont Mining Corporation’s ownership stake of PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara in 2016. Since then, the company has been improving their operations efficiency and environmental compliance as part of their commitment to the implementation of good corporate governance.

“The Super Mohawk II ROV will be used to perform regular deep sea tailing placement monitoring programs to ensure that the marine environment is highly preserved. The use of hi-tech and implementation of mining best practices demonstrate our commitments in environmental stewardship,” said Kartika Octaviana, Head of Corporate Communications Manager Amman Mineral.

The ROV system will be manufactured at Forum’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire and delivered in the first quarter of next year. This will be the company’s 37th Super Mohawk system deployed for global operation and the fourth to be built at its Kirkbymoorside manufacturing facility since the first one was produced in 2002.

Kevin Taylor, Forum’s Vice President – Subsea Vehicles explained, “Forum has a strong reputation around the world for manufacturing high-quality, robust ROVs and associated auxiliary products for the oil and gas, renewables, navies, aquaculture and academic industries. This contract demonstrates the value our vehicles can offer to the mining community as well.

“This is the second ROV we have delivered to Batu Hijau and I am looking forward to seeing our system delivering the required operational resilience and performance standards expected in such a safety-critical sector,” added Kevin Taylor.

 

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Issued on behalf of Forum Subsea Technologies by BIG Partnership. For more information, please contact Pam Wilson on +44 (0)1224 211045 or Pam.wilson@bigpartnership.co.uk

 

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Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion, production and infrastructure sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.f-e-t.com

Forum’s ROV to Support Amundsen Science’s Arctic Research

Aberdeen, UK – 10th February 2020 – Forum Energy Technologies has secured an order from Amundsen Science (Université Laval, Canada) to supply a light work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to support its Arctic scientific research activities.

The vehicle will be installed on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and will support the exploration of Arctic and Sub-arctic seafloor eco-systems. Equipped with 85 scientific systems, the CCGS Amundsen gives Canadian researchers and their international collaborators unprecedented access to the Arctic Ocean. Since 2003, the vessel has spent over 2,100 research days at sea and accommodated over 1,700 scientists, technicians, students, and professionals from over 20 different countries.

Forum’s Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROV system was selected due to its high thrust-to-drag ratio enabling it to operate in strong currents. The ROV is equipped to a high specification with two seven-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. It also has precision positioning and navigation systems, cameras, lighting and sonars for low visibility operations.

The new asset will replace the organisation’s current Super Mohawk ROV, which was also supplied by Forum.

The new Comanche ROV will be manufactured at Forum’s facility at Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire and delivered in the first quarter of this year.

Kevin Taylor, Forum’s Vice President – Subsea Vehicles, said: “Forum has a strong reputation around the world for manufacturing high quality, robust ROVs and associated auxiliary products for the oil and gas, renewables, defence, aquaculture and mining industries. This contract demonstrates the value our vehicles can also offer to scientific research projects.

“This is the second ROV we have delivered to Université Laval and we are thrilled the organisation continues to see the value our ROVs deliver. I am looking forward to seeing our system provide the required operational resilience and performance standards expected in such a safety-critical sector.”

The Comanche ROV will represent a pivotal equipment of the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. In 2020, it will be deployed at several locations spanning a latitudinal gradient from 58° to 77°N to study deep-water corals and cold seep eco-systems of the northern Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay. The project will generate critical knowledge of biodiversity and marine habitats needed for key ocean conservation initiatives in Canada”, said Dr. Alexandre Forest, Executive Director of Amundsen Science.

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Issued on behalf of Forum Subsea Technologies by BIG Partnership. For more information, please contact Pam Wilson on +44 (0)1224 211045 or Pam.wilson@bigpartnership.co.uk

 

Notes to Editors:

About Forum Subsea Technologies

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion, production and infrastructure sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe. For more information, please visit www.f-e-t.com

About the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and Amundsen Science

Mobilized for science in 2002 thanks to major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and other partners, the Amundsen has been pivotal in revitalizing Canada’s research effort in the study of the changing Arctic Ocean. Since 2003, the research icebreaker has accommodated over 115 Canadian and international teams in the deployment of no less than 50 major programs. Hosted at Université Laval, Amundsen Science maintains the vessel’s pool of scientific equipment, coordinates the deployment of the icebreaker for science, and provides logistical and technical support for user programs. For more information on Amundsen Science and the CCGS Amundsen: www.amundsen.ulaval.ca

SandGuard™ ESP Case Study

Summary

Forum Energy Technologies partnered with a major O&G operator in the Permian Basin to provide technology which eliminate ESP failures as well as issues with efficiency caused by sand fallback. This study is ongoing, and already several of the ESPs have had their run life increased by as much as 800%, resulting in a potential cost savings of millions of dollars.

 

Background

An ESP (electrical submersible pump) is commonly placed 8,000 feet or more below surface. Sand is one of the major issues that leads to ESP failure, wear and loss of efficiency. Improvements in handling sand and de-sander technologies help, but are often not enough to keep the system running efficiently. Restarts are an especially high-risk event for ESPs. That risk is amplified when sand is present in the production fluid.

What is sand fallback and how does it cause ESP wear/failures?
There are a number of reasons why an ESP will shut down. Common causes are inconsistent power, surges in power, and gas slugging. It can also be caused by pre-set shut down parameters that shut down ESP operations for self-preservation when key operational parameters are outside the safe running zone. When oil is produced from a reservoir, the production fluid often contains large amounts of sand, water and gas. After shutdown, all solids within the thousands of feet of production fluid in the tubing above the ESP will fall and come to rest on top of the system. This results in multiple tubing joints full of sand settling directly on top of the ESP internal components. When an ESP is restarted with large amounts of sand resting above it, a hard start/rock start occurs. Hard starts are the best-case scenario in this situation, but these types of starts increase wear and damage the ESP. Over time, the hard starts will make the ESP less efficient and shorten its run life. Often this best-case scenario does not happen and a catastrophic failure occurs. Examples of a catastrophic failure due to sand fallback can include a broken shaft or an electrical failure due to high amperage while trying to start the ESP.

 

Solution

A major oil and gas producer in the Permian basin was facing a series of short ESP runs caused by sand fallback. This led to increased NPT (Non Productive Time), workovers and costly ESP purchases. Forum Energy Technologies approached the customer offering the SandGuard as a solution to eliminate issues related to sand fallback.

The positive results of the implementation of the SandGuard™ result in the elimination of broken shafts, and elimination of electrical failure during restart – all of which result in longer lasting ESPs. This customer has seen significant value added to their operations thanks to the SandGuard™. Before and after data from the ESP wells currently running with SandGuard™ show this solution has saved the customer millions of dollars in both ESP failures and deferred production.

Before SandGuard

After SandGuard

Workover and Deferred Production Cost

Potential Workover Production Savings Based on Last ESP Run at $300,000 per Workover

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