Chevron joins in testing Viper’s new subsea integrity monitoring system

Chevron has become the latest major operator to join Viper Subsea’s Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop its subsea integrity monitoring system known as V-IR.

The project, which began in October 2013, has already attracted Shell, BP and Total and the additional sponsorship by Chevron will allow for the functionality to be further enhanced as well as permitting an extended period of testing, Viper said.

The V-IR system is used to locate faults in remote subsea electrical distribution systems.

“The addition of Chevron as a fourth sponsor will allow the functionality of the integrity monitoring electronics to be further enhanced and importantly will also allow us to have an extended qualification testing programme of the developed hardware,” said Neil Douglas, managing director of Viper Subsea.

“The additional design work will predominantly focus on developing the SIIS interface to allow the technology to be easily integrated into an Active Electrical Distribution Unit.

“We are delighted to welcome Chevron to the project. We now have four of the top five Global Supermajor Oil Companies sponsoring the development of this technology. By having such key partners on board will ensure we develop a product that is not only using the most innovative technology available but is rigorously tested and specified to meet the needs of the subsea industry.”

The establishment of the JIP has been facilitated by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF).

Viper Subsea anticipates the new V-IR system to be ready for a field-trial later this year.