North-east subsea technology specialists secure Norwegian patent
Monday, Mar 05, 2018
A leading subsea technology specialist has been awarded a Norwegian patent for its revolutionary product that unlocks efficiencies within the oil and gas industry.

Based in Aberdeen, STL (Subsea Technologies Limited) has reached the next stage in its efforts to secure worldwide patents for its Xtreme Release Connector, currently in use globally.

The company’s market-leading high-angle release connector greatly enhances safety and reduces environmental risks, whilst saving time and money by increasing a vessel’s operating window.

A pioneering product by having no maximum disconnect angle, it also allows the vessel’s crew enough time to respond to challenging scenarios without the risk of getting stuck to the wellhead or damaging the connector if the crew do not react fast enough - a risk presented by all other connectors on the market. 

Drummond Lawson, STL managing director, said the patent recognised the product’s unique offering in the subsea riser connector market.

He said: “The award of the Norwegian patent for our Xtreme Release Connector adds to our growing number of patents and is a true testament to the team’s dedication and focus on quality and integrity in bringing this advanced technology to the global subsea market.

“We overcame a variety of challenges experienced by existing products in the market, demonstrated by securing this new patent.  Our XR Connector differs from other subsea connectors by offering face-to-face technology, which we believe is highly advantageous to both our existing and potential customers.

“This position will further assure clients of our credibility and the value that we can add to their operations.

“It also reinforces trust in our continued ability to design and develop products for both common and tailored applications across the subsea sector.”

The company has a proven track record of providing its customers with high-quality, cost-effective products that solve subsea, well access and pressure containment challenges.

Mr Lawson said: “Our drive for innovation has seen the development of some of the world’s first purpose-built subsea well intervention technologies — the Xtreme Release (XR) Connector is one, and our Multi-Functional Stackable Lightweight Intervention Connector (SLIC) is another.

“All of our products have been developed to cope with the demanding requirements of both constant operation in harsh conditions and maximum operational uptime – allowing for minimum maintenance downtime.”

STL is a provider of pioneering subsea equipment and technical advisory services ranging from concept development and design engineering to project management and operations support.

Working specifically in the well intervention, well control, well abandonment and well construction markets, its industry-leading connectors and turnkey systems provide the optimal well access solutions for clients.

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