ADVANTEC AS was established in 2005, through a management buy-out from Aker Kværner Elektro AS (Now Aker Solutions ASA) of a small unit of employees that specialized in process instrumentation, and electro-hydraulic power and control systems.
The company provide a large range of technology product and services, and has had a steady growth from 2005, and the Advantec Group have today more than 160 employees (Nov. 2011), and consists of 5 companies under the parent company Advantec Holding AS.
Advantec AS is located with head quarters and main production facility at Eldøyane Næringspark Stord, on the west coast of Norway. The company develop and fabricate innovative solutions to the oil and gas market within electro-hydraulic control systems, such as IWOCS system, BOP and Grease Control system, Chemical Injection system, Production HPUs, Test HPU’s, Umbilical Reel systems, etc.
Other offices are established in Oslo, Stavanger and Houston, USA.
- Advantec Houston Inc (AHI) was established in 2008 to promote Advantec’s products and services for the Gulf of Mexico and engineering houses in Houston. After a difficult start, design and fabrication contracts are now won, and AHI is recruiting additional personnel.
- Advantec Elektro (AE) is a Stord based electrical contracting company that was acquired in 2009. The business continues in the traditional markets, together with a growth in the oil & gas market. AE is used in manufacture of advanced electronic control panels for Advantec’s products.
- Advantec Sensing AS is a continuation of Sentech AS, a company located in Oppegård outside Oslo. The company was acquired in 2010, and is a technology company within sensors used in the separation process of well fluids, together with electrical penetrators for subsea applications.
- Advantec Rental Systems (ARS) is established for the purpose of investing in rental WOCS systems, and supplying these on short- or long term contracts to the international oil & gas market. Ongoing contracts include rental agreements for supply of rental systems to oil companies and to main subsea contractors.
The main products and services for ADVANTEC for market are related to Intervention Workover Control Systems (IWOCS). These are state-ofthe-art products which are used during installation, downhole completion, and barrier control of subsea oil and gas wells during intervention and workover (maintenance) during the lifetime of a subsea well.
An IWOCS System consists of the following main system modules;
- WOCS Container, which is a ventilated, air conditioned 30ft offshore container with an HPU Room (Hydraulic Power Unit) and an MCP Room (Master Control Panel)
- Remote Control Panel and Local Shutdown Panels for use at selected locations on the vessel
- Workover Umbilicals, which are bundles of hydraulic hoses and electrical cables for power and control of subsea equipment such as valves and connectors, for water depths down to 2700m.
- Reels, which are large winch and storage units for the umbilicals.
- Termination systems for hydraulic hoses and cables, topside and subsea
- Subsea Control Modules (SCM) which is a control pod installed subsea, containing hydraulic control valves, sensors and electronics for control and communication.
ADVANTEC is currently finalizing several supply contract for IWOCS systems.
Picture shows part of the supply of a WOCS system, Umbilical Reels and associated equipment for Ultra Deep Water Depths (2700m) to Aker Solutions for Aker Oilfield Services.
This equipment is supplied to an LWI vessel, MV “Skandi Aker”,