Vetco Receives IWIS Certification

Vetco Gray Controls has been certified as compliant with the engineering design requirements of the Intelligent Well Interface Standardization (IWIS) criteria for subsea production systems.

Standardization of the interface between subsea control systems and intelligent well equipment is sought by the oil and gas industry as a solution to delivering improved performance, reliability and flexibility and to reduce lead times and costs.

The certification confirms that Vetco Gray's Subsea Control Module (SCM) can communicate with third party supplied downhole sensor interfaces in compliance with the IWIS standard. This is achieved by incorporating the vendor's electronics board into the Vetco Subsea Electronic Module (SEM) within the SCM, or into a separate tree mounted module, and ensuring that the electrical and communication interfaces fully comply with the published standard.

During a recent workshop, Vetco proved system compatibility with Schlumberger, Well Dynamics, Wood Group / Sicom, Promore, Roxar and Optoplan – most of the principal downhole sensor suppliers involved in the IWIS program.

Peter Goode, President and CEO of Vetco International, said: "The successful standardization of a robust solution to the interface between intelligent well equipment and other downhole sensors to subsea control systems represents a significant advance in equipment integration."

The IWIS certification states: "Vetco Gray has successfully demonstrated compliance with IWIS for Engineering Design in accordance with ISO 13628 Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries – design and operation of subsea production systems – Part 6: subsea production control systems, and the IWIS Recommended Practice".

Vetco Gray is a leading supplier of quality products, systems and services for onshore and offshore drilling and production, with a century of experience in the oil and gas industry. Vetco Gray employs 5,000 people at more than 60 locations in over 30 countries and, along with Vetco Aibel, is a subsidiary of Vetco International Limited.