UK-based GE Oil & Gas has launched a new subsea connector called Mecon Wet Mate (WM) 36/500 to help improve reliability of high-voltage operations on the seabed.

By improving the reliability of subsea power transmission and distribution, the upgraded 36kV high-voltage wet mate connector helps oil and gas operators to develop subsea production and processing facilities.

Mecon WM 36/500 offers predictability in subsea power system connections and can also be used with transformers, switchgears, variable speed drives and motor loads.

GE Oil & Gas subsea power & processing leader Alisdair McDonald said: "Our Mecon Wet Mate 36/500 connector is designed to provide highly reliable connections of subsea high-voltage equipment.

"Unlike conventional stab-type connectors, we deploy a unique connection process that ensures that we are in full control of the electrical environment inside the connector before completing the electrical connection."

The connector’s in-situ flushing process enables the verification of a benign electrical environment.

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This process is performed after the connector halves are brought together and prior to completion of the electrical connections.

"Our Mecon Wet Mate 36/500 connector is designed to provide highly reliable connections of subsea high-voltage equipment."

Initially, Mecon is flushed with seawater to remove any contaminants and later on freshwater, alcohol, and finally dielectric fluid will be used.

The connector offers control and predictability and also acts as an isolation switch at rated system voltage. It can be used to verify system health before commissioning or to find faults after failure.

Mecon has been certified for operation up to 36kV and 500amp in water depths of 10,000ft.

Last month, GE unveiled a new inside-out ultrafiltration (UF) water treatment technology called ZeeWeed 700B for the offshore oil and gas industry.

The new horizontal-designed membrane offers seawater pretreatment for injection and solids removal in oil and gas applications.

Image: GE Oil & Gas’s 36kV Mecon WM 36/500 connector. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.