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PMI Attends Subsea Expo 2017

The rebound in crude oil prices brought a measure of optimism to Subsea Expo 17 in Aberdeen, Scotland. With WTI crude trading in the low $50s per barrel — up from the low $30s a year ago — folks at the trade show and conference seemed hopeful that the worst is over in the oil… Read More

Subsea Equipment Failure is Bad News for Everyone

Whether they are lifting oil from deep below the seabed or experimenting with data centers on the ocean floor, anybody getting work done below sea level lives in perpetual fear of subsea equipment failures. This is especially true as oil-development machinery equipment installed decades ago reaches the end of its projected operating life. What do… Read More

Subsea hardware is a natural fit for river energy exploration

Drawing energy from river currents represents a massive untapped source of electricity development. This is especially true in countries like Canada, where rivers and coastal waters provide an enormous range of development options that can provide growth and economic benefits. Indeed, Canada is emerging as a leader in the global marine renewable energy industry, thanks… Read More

When it comes to subsea cable repair, time is of the essence

A typical subsea cable repair equals several days for the ship to reach fault position. It’s 3-5 days once the ship is on site and even longer if bad weather is involved. And this doesn’t include projects that involve mobilization, delays and operational difficulties. One splice alone can be 12-24 hours to repair and requires… Read More

Investing in equipment testing definitely has its rewards

Subsea umbilical cables are subject to corrosion, hydrostatic pressure, high internal pressures and near-freezing temperatures. Stresses from movement in a riser, a floating rig, and the ocean currents themselves are common. Because of these conditions, testing your ocean cable hardware is necessary and should be mandatory. Understanding failure mechanisms is the best way to anticipate… Read More

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