GE continues to expand its technology portfolio to address the challenges of offshore drilling & production and the rigors of deepwater drilling.
Several GE business units showcased their latest products and services for the offshore sector in at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which was expected to draw nearly 90,000 attendees.
“With one of the industry’s most comprehensive portfolios of advanced technology solutions and services, GE Oil & Gas is helping to solve complex challenges all around the world,” said Dan Heintzelman, president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas. “GE’s global scale and deep R&D experience, combined with cross-business technology sharing and innovations from our recent acquisitions uniquely position us to help our customers be more efficient, productive and competitive.”
At the conference, GE Oil & Gas introduced the next-generation SeaONYX™ BOP surface control system and operator interface. The new system is designed to control a deepwater blowout preventer, which is used to rapidly seal an oil well in an emergency. The technology incorporates for the first time GE’s Mark™ Vle hardware and Proficy™ software tools—the same proven control systems that have been deployed in a wide range of GE power generation applications worldwide, such as on GE’s advanced fleet of wind and gas turbines.
GE Oil & Gas also announced the first application of its latest SeaSmart Offshore Package turbine solution with Statoil. It’s designed to power offshore oil rigs but with a substantially smaller footprint and reduced weight, which can be critically important when space is at a premium on an offshore platform. When compared to the package launched in 2009, the new technology reduces the total footprint by 24 percent. The total weight drops by 22 percent, driven in part by the use of new GE composite materials.