Subsea communication specialist WFS Technologies (WFS) has partnered with Subsea Energy Solutions (SES) to harness their combined global expertise of monitored cable protection systems for the offshore energy industry.

Under the strategic collaboration, WFS will integrate its smart wireless Seatooth technologies, which provide real-time insight in extreme environments, with Subsea Energy’s offshore cable and subsea umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) protection systems.

Subsea Energy Solutions director Philip AR Stanyon said: “As a business, we continuously want to push the boundary of what is possible to provide the best possible equipment for the offshore energy industry.

“WFS systems are renowned for their unparalleled ability to communicate underwater. Integrating WFS sensing equipment onto SUB-VBR Vertebrae Bend Restrictors, SUB-FLEX Cable Protection Systems and SUB-BSR-D Dynamic Bend Stiffeners will allow motion data to be provided to the client, providing new insight into fatigue in real time.”

The collaboration is the second partnership announced by WFS for its patented Seatooth products.

WFS also signed a strategic oil and gas alliance with AeonX to promote and deliver the Seatooth products range to existing and new clients in Nigeria for asset integrity.

WFS Technologies commercial director Moray Melhuish said: “By combining our products with SES, we are not only offering significant productivity and cost benefits, we are also reducing risk and improving carbon footprints.

“This is particularly pertinent to the oil and gas sector in light of the oil price and Covid-19, which has had a huge impact on resource, because our technology reduces the need for intervention and can extend asset life.”

The two companies also anticipate increasing their market share in new areas across oil and gas, offshore wind, as well as marine energy.