PORTISHEAD, UK – Viper Subsea has attracted major operator Shell to join BP and Total in a joint industry project (JIP) to develop its Subsea Line Integrity Monitoring (V-SLIM) unit, which is used to identify and locate faults in remote subsea electrical distribution systems.
The company says that the addition of another major operator as a sponsor for the development of this technology confirms the need within the industry for such electrical integrity monitoring.
Viper Subsea will carry out all the research and development for the V-SLIM system, while the JIP partners will contribute funding and ensure that the products are optimized for field use. The establishment of the JIP has been facilitated by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF).
Viper Subsea expects the new V-SLIM to be field-trialed in less than18 months.