WiSub awarded Petromaks funding

NCE Subsea member and Subsea First Step participants, WiSub has been awarded a 3-year grant to take their patent-pending pin-less connector technology further.

Published: 19 December 2012

The project was one of nine new projects awarded by The Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through the Petromaks 2 program.The R&D project includes a constellation of industrial and academic institutions in Norway, Sweden, Poland and the UK.

- A more business-related focus

Managing Director of WiSub Mark Bokenfohr says that through the business development program Subsea First Step, WiSub received hands-on support, which helped shift their early start-up activities last year from mostly technical into a more competitive business-related focus. Read more about Subsea First Step.

This year NCE Subsea has assisted WiSub with pre-project funding which has facilitated preparation of the winning R&D grant proposal to the Norwegian Research Council.

Bokenfohr says that the NCE Subsea support has made them able to court top Norwegian and international partners and hire additional competences essential for preparing the proposal. - Without a doubt, NCE Subsea is facilitating innovation within the subsea industry.

- We will continue to participate and collaborate within the cluster with the hopes of further strengthening Norwegian leadership of subsea technology and innovation. NCE Subsea membership has provided excellent networking opportunities for WiSub, which we have attended as often as possible, added Bokenfohr.

Fast, flexible pinless connector subsea

WiSub’s pin-less wet-mate connector design will facilitate subsea data connections at speeds exceeding 1Gbps. WiSub claims an advantage over pin-to-pin mechanical connectors by having substantially higher data transfer rate, solid-state reliability, lower unit cost and installation time and substantially lower operational risk and cost during installation.

Eliminating pins and moving parts increases the robustness of specialized wet-mate connectors and facilitates quicker and safer subsea equipment change-out, for instance with leak detection and environmental monitoring sensors. The technology will also be applied to Enhanced Oil Recovery applications, an area in which Norway leads the international oil and gas industry.

For more information download WiSub’s press release (pdf), or visit their web-page: http://wisub.com/ (new window).