Optime Subsea has signed a contract with a leading German manufacturer of VITROVEX deep sea pressure housings, Nautilus Marine Service GmbH, for the delivery of a new hyperbaric testing system simulating hydrostatic pressures found at water depths up to 13 000 meters.

The 19,000-psi hyperbaric pressure vessel will be manufactured by Optime Subsea in Notodden, Norway, located in the Norwegian subsea oil and gas cluster known as “Subsea Valley”.

The hyperbaric testing chamber will have a diameter of 700 mm and a height of 1400 mm. It will be delivered and installed at Nautilus’ newly upgraded facility in Q3 of 2017. The contract value is undisclosed.

“In order to further secure our leading market position and continue to meet the high demands for the quality of our VITROVEX enclosures, we are horizontally integrating and expanding our in-house capabilities by being able to verify and test all of our products and components to the highest standards possible. In this regard, Optime Subsea has been very business-orientated and responsive to our specific needs. We selected Optime Subsea as the preferred provider due to the system’s technical and operational benefits. The system enables us to increase the efficiencies of our testing with little impact on the system lifetime, making this an investment that will provide increased value for our customers immediately and increased returns for us within a short period of time. With this system delivered, we are also considering including external testing offerings, which would support the region’s different manufacturing disciplines and industries in increased testing capabilities where deep water tests and simulations are necessary,” says Steffen Pausch, Managing Director of Nautilus.

Optime Subsea has recently announced delivery of several larger diameter, high pressure hyperbaric vessels for the oil and gas, marine and defence manufacturing industries.

“Sales such as this further validate what appears to be a market with outdated technology and the large potential found in our hyperbaric pressure system design. It strengthens our position of being the globally preferred provider as we strive to insure our systems not only supersede our customers’ technical and operational requirements, but are also chosen based on our commercial terms,” adds Thor-Arne Lovland, Chief Operating Officer of Optime Subsea.

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