SensorTran, ODI to Offer Fiber Optic Sensors for Offshore

SensorTran, a leading provider of advanced distributed temperature sensing (DTS) systems, and ODI (Ocean Design, Inc.), a leading provider of subsea interconnect systems, has announced a cooperative agreement to create subsea fiber optic sensor deployment schemes, provide system performance data and simplify project design and installation for offshore oil and gas projects. With this agreement, the companies will be working together to install optical sensing fiber through a variety of subsea connectors for the first time, providing offshore engineers unprecedented monitoring capabilities that were not feasible until now.

ODI's high-reliability, wet-mateable connectors, cable assemblies and junction boxes are used worldwide for offshore oil and gas, defense, oceanographic and research applications. SensorTran will be working with ODI to install optical sensing fiber inside umbilical power cables, on risers, pipelines, jumpers and through wellheads. Combining SensorTran DTS with ODI interconnect technology will provide offshore engineers with critical temperature data that will enable them to operate assets more efficiently.

"Fiber optics can be an extremely valuable monitoring tool for oil and gas wells, and our agreement with SensorTran will extend this technology to offshore facilities for the first time," said Mike Read, CEO of ODI. "Offering SensorTran's market-leading temperature sensing solutions alongside ODI subsea interconnect systems gives us an advantage in this competitive industry."

SensorTran DTS combined with ODI interconnect technology offers the following benefits for offshore facilities:

  • Monitors temperature to avoid wax or hydrate forming conditions
  • Reduces the amount of chemical injection required
  • Optimizes energy for heating the flowline
  • Minimizes downtime during start-up/shut-down
  • Reduces the need for pipeline inspection gauges (PIGs)

"As one of the world's leading producers of wet-mate connector systems, ODI is an ideal partner for SensorTran's offshore operations," said Kent Kalar, SensorTran's CEO. "Our combined solution will offer offshore engineers real-time dynamic temperature data that will provide invaluable insight into the operation of their facilities."

SensorTran is a global supplier of fiber optic-based distributed monitoring solutions. Customers benefiting from SensorTran's DTS technology include the world's largest energy providers. DTS systems have applications in downhole oil and gas, transmission and distribution power cable monitoring, pipeline flow assurance and leak monitoring, process vessel hot spot detection, storage tank leak detection and environmental monitoring.

ODI is a leader in subsea electrical and fiber optic interconnect systems for offshore oil and gas, defense, oceanographic and telecommunication applications. As a technology focused provider of innovative engineered solutions, ODI employs skilled staff, utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and processes to design and manufacture a broad range of products for harsh environment system interconnectivity.

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