The highly remote nature of subsea pumps makes monitoring with conventional sensor technologies impractical, expensive, and often impossible. Smart Fibres' technologies and their relevant key performance benefits overcome many of these difficulties and offer the possibility of commercially viable monitoring systems with very high-value propositions to asset owners.
Producing deepwater reserves is a high-value industry, and every component in the upstream process is of critical importance. Motorised pumps used to push hydrocarbons from subsea wellheads to floating production units are examples of such critical assets. The cost of the vessels required to bring these assets to the surface for maintenance and repair, and the expense of production downtime whilst such vessel availability is awaited, makes continuous health monitoring a highly valuable capability as part of a condition based maintenance regime.