The new ‘zero float’ version claimed to offer better cost and risk reduction benefits for first tier PCS and umbilical vendors, installers, as well as operators.
According to the company, the model has been designed with all coupler float requirements built into the flying half of the stab plate and couplers will be rigidly mounted within the fixed half of the stab plate.
Due to this, the small-bore tubing installation can be performed on the tree and umbilical termination assembly (UTA) without any risk.
This helps avoid the need for fixed plate coupling compliance to maintain coupler compliance and facilitates compliance with the umbilical termination size reduction (UMSIRE) joint industry project (API TR 17TR9 subsea umbilical termination (SUT) selection and sizing recommendations).
The JIP is aimed at reducing the size of UTAs and also the installation time and costs.
Viper Subsea managing director Neil Douglas said: "Due to its superior technical performance, the original V-LOCK quickly established itself in the market with a rapid uptake and a significant number of projects and clients deploying the hardware.
"However, at Viper Subsea we are continually looking for ways to further improve on our designs as well as develop new innovations. We put a great deal of resource into research and development and this new and improved V-LOCK is a result of that ongoing process."
Image: Viper Subsea’s V-LOCK hydraulic stab plate. Photo: © Viper Subsea.