GCE Subsea member METAS, has been awarded 5 million Norwegian Kroner to further develop their active acoustic leakage detection system for deeper depths.
Published: 27 May 2016
The active acoustic leakage system can monitor the environment around platforms, producing subsea installations, plugged and abandonment wells as well as geological storage of CO2.
Great National and International Interest
The project has received a lot of attention and is a collaboration between METAS, The University of Bergen, Christian Michelsen Research, Nortek and Aker Solutions as Norwegian partners. Petrobras and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro are Brazilian partners. The project is scheduled to start this year and will run for three years including testing time offshore in Brazil.
Detecting Leakage Far Away
The project is an extension of the project “Technology for detection of gas release using acoustics” funded by the regional research fund Regionale forskingsfond (Norwegian site). – We have demonstrated that our system can detect even small gas leakages at 700 meters distance, says Kenneth Olsvik, CEO at METAS.
We are meeting the industry’s need for better performance, smaller footprint, reduced cost and deeper depths. The task now, is to improve this and qualify it down to 3000 meters of water depths, says Olsvik.
Assistance from GCE Subsea
GCE Subsea has been, and is actively working to safeguard the environment. NCE Subsea supported early pre-studies that contributed to conceptualising the solutions METAS are providing.
METAS has been an active partner in the cluster since it spun out from the Institute of Marine Research in 2009. The company participated in our Subsea Entrepreneurship programme in 2011 and in our Subsea Next Step programme in 2014. Furthermore, METAS has also been active in initiatives in Brazil and took part in the FRAM Market Brazil programme in 2015.
- GCE Subsea has provided valuable business development programmes and important network arenas resulting in international R&D collaboration and business, says Olsvik.
Funding for Two Subsea Next Step Participants
Electrical Subsea & Drilling (ESD) has also received DEMO2000 funding. Their project is targeting development and qualification of a Rotating Control Device for marine riserless drilling. ESD took part in our Subsea Next Step programme in 2012, targeting a solution for 100 per cent electrical blow out preventer (BOP) and Rotating Control Device for Riserless drilling.
The current DEMO2000 project is an important step to realise these ambitions. The total budget is 20 million Norwegian Kroner and Statoil is amongst the partners.