Niche Products Limited provides extensive testing services and has a dedicated laboratory facility at our factory in Manchester UK designed to prove compatibility and functionality of materials and equipment in the field.
This is especially useful when conducting material mapping of new or existing systems destined to use our Pelagic Subsea Control Fluids and for the testing of materials commonly used in BOP drilling systems.
This facility comprises two main functions:
Material Compatibility Testing:
Material Compatibility Testing at our Manchester facility typically involves accelerated soak testing of metals and elastomers in line with ISO 13628-6 (Annex C) test procedures on materials identified by customers as requiring evaluation.
Equipment Qualification testing at our Manchester facility typically involves long term function testing in critical subsea equipment such as DCV’s, SSSV’s and pumps. In addition, we also have the ability to test umbilical hose liners to API17E requirements and work closely with customers to ensure compatibility of our fluids with equipment prior to service.
From our dedicated Manchester test facility we test a wide range of materials for compatibility with our subsea fluids both during development and subsequently on the materials later found to be present in subsea control systems as part of later mapping processes. The Manchester Facility is registered to ISO9001-02008 and all testing conducted on site closely follows the ISO 13628-6 (annex C) specification wherever practical.
Typical testing on metals involves a 12 week soak test at 70°C with regular checks at 3, 6 and at the final 12 week result.
Typical testing on elastomers involves a 3 month soak test at 70°C with regular checks at 3, 6 and at the final 3 month result.
In addition, we are able to adjust the testing procedure to varying durations and temperatures in line with customer requirements.
All materials are stored on our extensive internal material test database and we can comment on individual material compatibilities in line with customer requests.
We are happy to test any materials we do not have data on and regularly receive samples from customers for test.
From our dedicated Manchester test facility we can test a wide range of equipment for compatibility with our subsea fluids both during development and subsequently as part of later mapping processes. The Manchester Facility is registered to ISO9001-2008.
DCV Testing: Niche Products has several low and high pressure DCV test rigs available for qualification of DCV’s. Current rigs involve a 2 slot and 6 slot LP unit, a HP 4 slot unit (under construction) and several individual ports for long term de-latch testing. This facility has the ability to qualify DCV’s directly with equipment manufacturers and to conduct cycle testing on retrieved DCV’s from modules on assets destined to change over to our Pelagic Subsea Control Fluids.
SSSV Testing: Niche Products is currently building a state of the art high temperature SSSV test rig for qualification of SSSV’s from mainstream equipment manufacturers.
Umbilical Hose Testing: Niche Products is currently building a test rig capable of testing umbilical hoses to API17E.
Pump Testing: Niche Products has a dedicated pump test rig that can be adapted to qualify a wide range of commonly used pumps from the industry.