The latest generation of Subsea Electronics Modules used for control & monitoring of subsea producing wells is able to offer great improvements in data bandwidth for "smart" subsea oil & gas applications, providing very high speed fibre optic links to surface facilities. These devices provide IP enabled data links, with transparent interfaces to subsea sensors and surveillance systems.

Even with such communications advances, the challenge is to interpret this data effectively to provide added value to the operators and prevent data overload. One area of added value is in Flow Assurance and the application of on-line flow assurance techniques to better understand the behavior of the produced fluid/gas and the effects that the various change agents have on production as well as the infrastructure. Also, with the growth of high-speed global communication networks, linked to Smart Operations centers, and the improvements in data security, the use of Remote Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics techniques to provide interactive support and proactive maintenance is a key concept for integrated operations based on expert system and historical data sharing. This approach is a fundamental driver in enhancing the efficiency of a facility through collaborative data and knowledge sharing.

This paper will describe the practical details and challenges for a service provider of setting up a Remote operations center, establishing connectivity and data security / integrity as well as setting to work the day to day operations and manning procedures. The paper will also describe a new generation technology and product for subsea projects, which provides a system micro-controller function as well as acting as the data communications router.

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