Subsea equipment is used by a variety of different industries to do everything from map the sea floor to generate power for use on land. Because of the unique pressure these pieces of equipment endure, as well as other environmental factors such as exposure to water and sea life, maintaining and repairing this equipment can be both expensive and dangerous. When you are researching the right equipment and parts to use in your subsea operations, it is a good idea to have a solid understanding of the equipment in general as well a what your uses for it are.
What Is It?
Subsea equipment is usually broken up into categories determined by uses such as oil and gas, underwater mining and research equipment, even though many individual pieces of equipment and their parts will overlap. These equipment pieces, as well as underwater telecommunications cables, are installed and maintained with a combination of specially trained divers, underwater welders and remotely operated vehicles. You can find many types of subsea equipment accessories and the units themselves with a quick internet search or by talking to your company’s suppliers. All of these parts and units will need to be able to withstand the pressure of where they are placed, with deeper equipment being more hardened against pressure than near-surface items. Some equipment types are remotely operated underwater vehicles, drills and underwater power cables.
Who Uses It?
Subsea equipment and accessories, like those from PRT Offshore, are used by researchers, energy producers and many more corporations and government agencies. One of the biggest industries using these units is the oil and gas industry which set up operations on ocean facilities to extract oil and gas from rich deposits under the ocean. Other energy producers such as wind turbines and geothermal power plants can locate operations offshore and use this type of equipment to generate more power than land-based facilities of the same type. Many government agencies and international projects will use this equipment to lay telecommunications cables, conduct exploration missions and more. These same organizations can be responsible for the laws and regulations surrounding offshore mining, drilling and power generation.
Subsea equipment is important to many aspects of daily life that you may not initially realize. It helps produce the energy you use, provides telecommunications between countries or regions and much more. To find the pressure hardened equipment that you need for your oil and gas company, telecommunications needs or research projects, it is good to know which types are recommended for your purposes and what those specifications need to be.