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OTC 2022 Announces Winners of Spotlight on New Technology Awards

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) has named the 2022 recipients of the Spotlight on New Technology Award. A total of 14 companies, including seven small businesses, were recognized this year for their breakthrough hardware and software technologies.

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2022 Spotlight Winners

(listed alphabetically by company)

Bosch Rexroth

SVA R2—The world´s first electric subsea valve actuator with safety by springs, as compact as hydraulic actuators

Would you like to accelerate the energy transition with electrification and digitalization? Imagine removing all the hydraulics of your subsea equipment, reducing its footprint without adding power cables or complex batteries. Qualified for 4000 m depth, the SVA R2 electrifies subsea valve actuation—improving safety and productivity.

Bosch Rexroth Electric Subsea Valve


Galea—Autonomous Well Intervention System

Galea—the world’s first fully autonomous well intervention system—replaces larger, conventional and labor-intensive wireline rigups to perform a range of routine slickline operations. Galea decreases deferred production, lowers OPEX costs, reduces HSE exposure for operational personnel, and significantly lessens the carbon footprint of intervention operations.

Expro's Galea well intervention system

Oil States Industries

Oil States Managed Pressure Drilling & Riser Gas Handling System

The Oil States MPD and RGH Joint is a step forward in integrating managed pressure drilling and riser gas handling into a drilling riser. The system’s innovative design solutions, such as retrievable packers and pull-in bridle, provide reduced NPT, fast rig-up time, and improved riser gas handling.

Oil States Industries pressure drilling and riser gas handling system

Oil States and TotalEnergies

15K High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT) Riser System for Subsea Drilling Applications in Shallow Water

Oil States and TotalEnergies have developed the Merlin 15K HPHT Riser System, which enables cost-effective drilling of shallow-water HPHT wells with a jackup rig while offering superior fatigue performance and improved safety with automated connection makeup. The system is believed to be the first-of-its-kind design-rated for sour service applications.

Oil States and TotalEnergies riser system

R3 Environmental Systems

Vacuum-Assisted Pure Oil Recovery Technology
R3’s innovative technology is a highly efficient, environmentally friendly method for recovering drilling fluid and water from waste mud/cuttings. The recovered fluid (second-source drilling fluid) has been independently verified to be equivalent to virgin drilling fluid—the result being one of the most environmentally friendly drilling fluids on the market.

R3 Environmental Systems vacuum-assisted pure oil recovery system


ReSOLVE iX Extreme-Performance Instrumented Wireline Intervention Service

ReSOLVE iX extreme-performance instrumented wireline intervention service leverages intelligent downhole technologies to optimize results in extreme conditions, such as HPHT, sour, and restricted-access environments. The combination of innovative hardware, automation, and digitization enables operators to monitor and control intervention in real time and take immediate action to address downhole challenges.

Schlumberger resolve iX wireline intervention
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Autonomous Directional Drilling

Autonomous directional drilling isn’t one tool or technology. It amalgamates the fullness of well construction operations to drill from spud to TD, using an autonomous system that constantly analyzes its position, formation characteristics, conditions, and trajectory to optimize steering, well placement, and overall drilling performance—reducing cost/foot drilled and improving productivity.

Schlumberger Autonomous Directional Drilling illustration

Small Business Award Recipients

Aquatec Group

KINEKtron Subsea Strain Monitoring System

KINEKtron is the world’s first fully functional, tested, and deployed retrofit subsea strain monitoring system capable of measuring strain on structural tubular members and other subsea structures. It combines many of Aquatec’s innovative underwater instrumentation and communications technologies with a unique method for measuring strain in a robust ROV-installable package.

Aquatec Group KINEKtron Subsea Strain Monitoring System


ClampOn Subsea Flow Temperature Monitor

The ClampOn Subsea Flow Temperature Monitor is a nonintrusive sensor that determines the temperature of the flow medium from outside the pipe. The sensor measures the pipe surface temperature underneath insulation and calculates the temperature of the flow medium using algorithms that compensate for ambient temperature and insulation coefficients.

ClampOn Subsea flow temperature monitor


CoDril Downhole Convertible Core Bit

The CoreAll Intelligent Coring System and Logging While Coring tool provides real-time transmission of gamma-ray, resistivity, downhole vibration, and core jam indication. The CoDril tool is a supplemental downhole convertible core bit, allowing the operator to select between coring and drilling modes, and saves a complete round trip to change the BHA every time.

CoDril Downhole Convertible Core Bit


MXT+ Hydraulic Torque Wrench

The MXT+ Hydraulic Torque Wrench delivers significant advances in industrial bolting by integrating dual-reaction technology, auto-release, integrated cycle counter, and coaxial drive into one flexible tool. The MXT+ Tool is offered in a range of sizes for tackling the toughest bolting jobs, resulting in faster, safer, and more reliable bolting.

Hytorc MXT+ Hydraulic Torque Wrench


HYTORC Connect Software App

The HYTORC Connect Software App is used with HYTORC’s Electric Torque Tools to automate bolting operations consistent with the Industry 4.0 digital transformation. The app communicates wirelessly with the tool, initializes bolting parameters, guides the operator, monitors results, collects data, and generates complete quality documentation to assure bolted joint integrity.

HYTORC Connect App image

Rocsole Ltd

ROCSOLE Intelligent Level Detection & Data Analytics for Sand Management

In oil and gas facilities, sand production is an unwanted element. Robust and reliable sensors are critical for automated sand management systems to secure the proper functionality and avoid unexpected shutdowns or reduced production rates. With ROCSOLE’s electrical tomography, any deposits can be registered and monitored in real time.

ROCSOLE Intelligent Level Detection

Subsea Shuttle, LLC

Subsea Shuttle, LLC

Subsea Shuttle’s innovative technology provides subsea chemical storage and injection that satisfy the need for longer and more cost-effective deepwater subsea tiebacks. The system features a cost-effective modular design and delivers application flexibility regarding injection rates, autonomy, reliability, and compatibility with a wide range of production chemicals.

Subsea Shuttle storage and injection system

OTC will take place 2–5 May in Houston. Review the conference’s Schedule of Events, Technical Program, and new OTC Energy Transition Pavilion.