Oil & gas view new depths with subsea camera

The first commercial wireless subsea camera has been unveiled by oil & gasremote filming specialists EV. The Neptus Wireless Subsea Camera can stream live video over distances of up to […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The first commercial wireless subsea camera has been unveiled by oil & gasremote filming specialists EV.

The Neptus Wireless Subsea Camera can stream live video over distances of up to five metres back to a pick-up point. EV believes it has the potential to significantly reduce both operational risk and time.

Francis Neill, CEO of EV, said: “Innovative technology is vital to addressing the increasingly complex deepwater environments that the subsea sector is encountering and we have already received extremely positive feedback on our Neptus WSC. Early discussions with ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) operators and subsea construction companies have generated significant interest in the technology with initial wet tests on elements of the tool conducted last month (April).”

Alistair Birnie, chief executive of industry body Subsea UK, said: “Enterprising technology is fundamental to overcoming some of the challenges being faced by the subsea sector, particularly as it moves increasingly into some of the world’s deepest water provinces.”

The camera is battery-powered and can operate at depths of up to 350 metres (1,150ft) for 10 hours.