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Umbilical OR Buoy?

Kilometers or Umbilical or an Autonomous Control/Power Buoy?   How do you decide which is the best option?

Economics of course!  Yes an Umbilical is relatively inexpensive but only if it is not too long!   However, Umilicals are also

* Prone to damage
* can deteriorate in service
* inflexible during operation
* subject to market pricing fluctuations
* have limitations to where they can be installed due to seabed conditions

An autonomous Buoy provides:

>> a proven flexible solution
>> reusable and updatable during operation
>> low cost accessible platform
>> relatively easy maintenance
>> high availability and reliability

And they run via IOT connections meaning no permanent offshore manning!

February 2020

Rasing the quality of
offshore power!

Long distance tiebacks create difficulties in control system power distribution (voltage drop and power factor) and communication (bandwidth and signal loss).

SOLVED! Use local Power and Control Buoy - Sea Commander, a proven Autonomous Control Buoy which is remotely controlled and powers subsea infrastructure.

Contact us to find out more on +44 (0)1291 40 80 88 or email

January 2020

The OGTC view of Small Pools

The OGTC has raised the profile of Tie-Backs of the Future and the OGA has analysed the small pools on the UKCS.

According to the OGTC, approximately 10% of the world’s small pools can be found on the UKCS and with 27 billion barrels in small pools globally, there is huge potential to take solutions developed here to other marginal fields, driving international growth and export opportunities.

Chris Pearson, Small Pools Solution Centre Manager at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, said: “Small pools represent a big prize for the UK economy but they each have their own challenges. The Tie-back of the Future concept is making significant strides to making more of these fields economically viable.

We think there is a space for our Sea Commander Buoy as well as Tie-backs on this chart!

August 2019

Offshore Oil and Gas News

Maximising the Economic Recovery (MER) ....Ocean Resource offers $5 / bbl costs

The pressure to reduce production costs has pushed the oil and gas market to explore alternative solutions and methods.
Maximising the Economic Recovery (MER) of an oil field is critical to building a strong oil and gas business.

Ocean has always sought to reduce the cost of oil and gas production by use of their innovative solutions.  Following recent re-analysis of the costs for their Sea Nova MFP and Sea Producer Buoys, Ocean has concluded that these offer the lowest cost per barrel in the industry - around $5 / bbl and $7 / bbl production costs respectively.

March 2019

Sea Nova with Associated Storage

A recent development by Ocean is to add on a subsea storage tank to Sea Nova making it ideal for development of stranded oil fields in water depths up to 120m.

Sea Nova is already one of the lowest cost platforms and with this option it offers the market a lower cost option than FPSOs or FSOs.

The self installing concrete subsea storage tank is a development of the Condeep storage systems from the 1970's and is therefore a proven concept.

The Sea Nova Storage system is an exciting option for lower cost oil production in the current oil market.

January 2019

Petronas scores Sea Nova 7/7 in a TRL assessment 

Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bdh.'s Technical Governance and Assurance team have recently assessed Sea Nova and Sea Nova Storage under their TRL & PLTA system.  

We are delighted to announce that they have granted Ocean a 7/7 TRL score for these products.  

David Bone, Ocean's CEO, commented "This is a major step forward with Petronas and we are pleased to receive this score as we know that Sea Nova is a proven solution and well suited to Malaysian and the wider S. E. Asia Oil and Gas field E&P operations."

November 2015

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