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Development of a passive location and identification sonar tag for assisting in the laying, installation and long term monitoring of subsea cables and pipelines

Objective

Expansion of offshore oil & gas fields is inevitable. This will require significant investment in new pipelines to bring the resource onshore. 10,000km of pipelines form part of the oil & gas infrastructure in the North Sea. Combined with the huge growth in the installation of offshore wind farms & telecommunication networks, many thousands of kilometres of newly installed subsea cables & pipelines (CPs) will be required. It is critical that such underwater infrastructure is properly managed over its lifetime to ensure proper laying, inspection, quality maintenance, quick repair and comprehensive decommissioning.

Existing state-of-the-art cannot currently provide a complete lifecycle solution. The SonaTag project will develop a novel low-cost position, location & identification passive underwater tag and a custom designed sonar system designed to ‘see’ the tags. SonaTag will offer CP laying contractors a means to greatly reduce the cost of CP laying operations, thereby ensuring its initial adoption in the market. Downstream stakeholders such as IMR (Inspection Maintenance and Repair) crews and governments will have the means to locate and uniquely identify these vital assets.

The system will provide a robust environmentally sound solution for longterm lifecycle tagging by achieving the following objectives: specialised sonar with transmit power adequate for deployment (220 dB) at transmit end to achieve operational accuracy of +/- 0.1m @ 10m to 1000m range; the ability to detect range & position of tag in 5secs @ 1000m and 2 secs @ 10m from sonar transceiver; inert tag device with detectability in high noise environments i.e. seabed.

Using this solution the project expects to comprehensively address the problem of unmanaged critical underwater infrastructure & address the high operation costs of laying CPs. In doing so, we will deliver €45 million in revenue with a profit of €9.3 million to the SME partners after 5 years, while creating over 100 high skill jobs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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Coordinator

SUBSEA ASSET LOCATION TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
Address
Portland Marina 19
DT5 1DX Portland
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 448 113,75
Administrative Contact
Carl Tiltman (Mr.)

Participants (7)

NEXTIS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 195 348,25
Address
Rue Georges Eastman Parc Dactivites Des Bords De Saone 12-14
71100 Chalon Sur Saone
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Blanc (Mrs.)
Silicone Solutions Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 130 130
Address
Carlyle House, Chorley New Road 78
BL1 4BY Bolton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geoff Vickers (Mr.)
DRUMGRANGE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 257 470
Address
Hanworth Lane -The Forum Unit A
KT16 9JX Chertsey Surrey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colin Mead (Mr.)
SONARSIM LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 186 041
Address
Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre Limerick Institute Of Technology Moylish Park
V94 Limerick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Riordan (Mr.)
THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 8 992
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tattersall (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 4 625
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Javier Del Ser (Dr.)
NOVAMINA CENTAR INOVATIVNIH TEHNOLOGIJA DOO
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 4 280
Address
Jackovinsli Klanec 17
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jasmina Petrinović (Mrs.)