MCS Introduces New Product to Simplify Subsea Installations

MCS has brought another revolutionary software product to market which will save time and money and increase safety in the tricky installation of subsea equipment.

Combining the company's engineering and software expertise, MCS has developed DeepLand - an on-board simulator designed for use with its existing products DeepDrift and DeepRiser. Initially, DeepLand was developed for use on BP's Atlantis field in the Gulf of Mexico.

DeepDrift accurately determines the position of drilling and production risers and subsea equipment such as trees, manifolds and jumpers as they are being installed on the seabed. This enables the operators on-board the vessel or floating production unit to anticipate potential clashing or interference and therefore avoid potential costly damage.

Recognized as the industry leader in riser technology, MCS has used its unrivalled knowledge of rigid and flexible riser systems with its analytical skills to design a tool that provides clear, concise and easy to understand information needed by those above the water remotely controlling the installation of highly sophisticated equipment on the seabed.

"Put simply the tool uses all the information to simulate a number of riser and equipment installation scenarios," says David Gough of MCS. "It allows the operator to assess the potential for clashing between the riser and its casing and other equipment as it is being run. It works out the recommended rig position for landing the risers in the required location in prevailing or forecast ocean conditions.

"The benefits include considerable financial savings due to reduced operational down-time, reduction of the risk of damage to costly equipment and, of course, improved safety and integrity of equipment."

MCS launched DeepDrift at OTC last year. It offers drilling companies the ultimate in safety and insurance whilst reducing down-time spent waiting on weather. Developed for international drilling contractor, GlobalSantaFe Corporation, the product has already demonstrated significant savings in rig rates alone.

DeepDrift - an on-board vessel drift-off simulator designed for use with dynamically positioned drillships. It uses prevailing and forecast environmental conditions such as wave and current to ensure the vessel has constant and up-to-date information so that the drilling company can maximize the operating window and minimize down-time.

Gough explains: "With a typical day rate for a drilling rig in the region of $200,000, being able to drill for even six or eight hours more is a huge cost-saving. However, the added benefit in knowing exactly what the conditions are is that rig personnel have sufficient time to perform emergency disconnect without damage to the equipment or the well, therefore enhancing riser integrity and increasing safety."

GlobalSantaFe is using the software tool on five of its dynamically positioned drillships and has experienced significant cost savings as well as enhanced safety. Before DeepDrift they used shore-based analysis which led to more conservative decision making and often unnecessary down-time. DeepDrift predicts the vessel drift-off path in the event of power failure and will determine when the riser emergency disconnect sequence should be activated.

With more and more of global oil production coming from subsea wells using floating production vessels, MCS has seen an increase in demand for its DeepDrift product and believes there is huge potential for DeepLand to add even greater value to clients' operations.

MCS is an engineering company working in the offshore oil and gas subsea sector with offices in Galway, Aberdeen, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Perth and Paris. The company provides services ranging from feasibility and conceptual studies through to detailed design and verification in the areas of floating production systems, flexible risers and flowline systems, top tensioned risers, oil-tanker loading systems, steel catenary risers, drilling risers and mooring systems.