Viper Innovations, a UK company specialising in maximising the operational life of subsea controls and electrical distribution equipment, has appointed a new distributor to improve its service offering and share of the Nigerian offshore oil and gas market.
Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Ltd, which is based in Port Harcourt, has more than 5 years’ experience in the upstream industry and has already been working closely with Viper Innovations for some time. Going forward they will be selling and supporting the company’s range of electrical integrity monitoring equipment, including the revolutionary V-LIFE insulation resistance recovery product winner of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in the UK.
Jeremy Edwards, Business Manager at Viper Innovations together with Nikki Mann, Service Manager met with Royal Niger’s Managing Director, Anthony Okolo, to sign the official distributor contract in a ceremony at the Viper Innovations office in Aberdeen.
Viper Innovations’ Managing Director Neil Douglas commented, “Viper Innovations has developed a range of leading edge technologies in the field of subsea electrical insulation monitoring and recovery. Our leading product V-LIFE now has over 70 successful installations worldwide, being used by many national and international oil companies. Our products are particularly applicable in Nigeria where we already have a number of our products installed. The appointment of Royal Niger will strengthen our in-country presence and provide the level of service which is commensurate with the high standards that our customers expect, as we extend the life of their subsea assets.”
Nigeria is one of a number of key global markets that offer opportunities for Viper Innovations, promoted in part by the accelerated degradation of subsea electrical systems due to the warm water conditions and the general age of the offshore assets in the Niger Delta.
As Anthony Okolo, Royal Nigeria Managing Director says, “The unique ability of V-LIFE to recover the integrity of subsea circuits is already saving the oil industry millions of dollars by preventing the necessity to replace subsea umbilical cables. Royal Niger will also be selling and supporting Viper Innovation’s network integrity monitoring product V-IR and V-LIM an electrical line integrity monitoring module. Royal Niger will be delivering the company’s asset integrity management service, V-ASSURE, and the electrical power module V-SUPPLY. We will be helping our Nigerian customers optimise their operations by maximising asset life while scoring an important point for Nigerian Content by domiciling capability in-country.”