Innovation Awards finalists: WiSub and Schlumberger

We are happy to announce WiSub and Schlumberger as the two last finalists for the ONS Innovation Awards.

WiSub is nominated for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Innovation Award for their technology Torden, while Schlumberger is nominated for the Innovation Award for their system Formation Testing While Tripping. WiSub and Schlumberger are both exhibiting at ONS 2016 – you can visit them in Hall 8, stands 850 and 830.

Read more about WiSub and Schlumberger, and their innovative technologies below.

Of the 130 candidates, there were 72 applicants for the SME Innovation Award and 58 for the Innovation Award. The jury have picked out five finalists to compete in each category.

Other finalists
InflowControl (SME)
Air Products
Robotic Drilling Systems AS (SME)
Interwell P&A
TechInvent AS (SME)
Island Offshore/Centrica
WeST Drilling Products

The Innovation Award Ceremony is held at the plenary session on Tuesday 30. August.

The two winners will present their technologies at ONS Technical Sessions on Tuesday 30. August, at 15:00The doors will open at 14:30. The session is free and open to everyone!

About The Innovation Awards
Through the Innovation Awards we recognise the crucial importance of cutting-edge products and solutions. The awards reflect our long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting innovative ideas to the international oil, gas and energy industry.

The Innovation Award was first presented in 1982, and today companies compete in two categories, one for large companies and one for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The finalists

Innovation: Torden
Torden – offering 1kW power transfer with high speed data transfer, a subsea connector with NO PINS and therefore NO PAIN associated with conductive connectors. WiSub’s pinless connector products transfer data and power through seawater without the need for physical conductor contact and are unaffected by misalignment, acoustic disturbance, turbidity or marine growth. The electronics and antennas are optimized for through-water transmissions with low-frequency inductive power transfer and high-frequency Microwave data transfer solutions designed to peacefully co-exist without interference.

WiSub pinless connectors offer centimetre tolerances on subsea connection applications, removing the need for sub-millimetre tolerances needed in traditional connections, enabling subsea solutions never before possible with pinned connectors. Driven by customer requirement, Torden delivers 1kW of power transfer taking in 24 VDC and delivering a regulated 24 VDC output, allowing Torden to be a drop-in replacement for legacy connectors.

Significant innovation was targeted due to customer requirements that no batteries could be used and wide mating and alignment tolerances were required; simpler voltage regulation was not possible. Surmounting additional challenges presented by high amperage, WiSub achieved this challenging innovation, delivering to client specification.

Read more about WiSub here.

Innovation: Formation Testing While Tripping
Formation Testing While Tripping (FTWT) is a new system for open hole pressure transient testing and sampling. With this technology, formation permeability and permeability anisotropy is obtained without the requirement for topside production equipment, flaring of hydrocarbons and exposure of personnel to pressurized equipment containing live hydrocarbons.

The new FTWT technology is a pipe conveyed wireline formation testing tool that allows flow rates up to 130cc/s (~70 b/d) while circulating the pumped hydrocarbon fluids to surface. It allows pumping thousands of liters of formation fluid from a single packer, dual packer or quad packer interval to evaluate the reservoir properties hundreds of meters away from the wellbore and acquire contamination free formation fluid samples from the tested zones.

The high flow rate and increased formation testing production rate and volume allow extending the range of traditional formation testing applications for permeability testing way above hundreds of mD/cP. The FTWT dual/quad packer maintains and extends the well-established MDT (Modula Dynamics Tester) dual packer geometry to evaluate single or layered zones. The quad packer configuration also allows guarding against wellbore induced noise that interferes with the sensitive pressure measurements.

FTWT has been developed via technology cooperation and joint venture between Schlumberger and Statoil.

Read more about Schlumberger here.

The descriptions of the technologies are based on submissions from the companies concerned. ONS accepts no responsibilities for possible errors.