Equinor orders remotely controlled well completion systems

The latest award comes only three months after Equinor ordered a ROCS for use at its Rosebank field, west of Shetland, UK.

Optime Subsea’s ROCS eliminates the need for both the umbilical, which traditionally connects the surface to the seabed for controlling the tubing hanger in subsea well completions, and the topside hydraulic control unit. This innovation not only cuts costs but also reduces the amount of deck space required for these operations.

Utilising ROCS also creates HSE benefits as the system reduces the need for personnel in the red zone on the rig. Further, it provides operational and financial benefits through faster installation and subsea well completion operations. This innovative approach holds particular value for deepwater fields such as Irpa.

“We are seeing that ROCS is gradually becoming the new standard for well completion operations due to substantially lower capex, opex and smaller environmental footprint compared to conventional systems,” says Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, CEO of Optime Subsea. 

Optime Subsea will manufacture the two ROCS systems at the company’s headquarter in Notodden, Norway, and deliver them to Equinor’s offshore base at Sandnessjøen in North Norway in 2025. Optime Subsea has not disclosed the value of the contract.

Equinor will use one system for a well completion campaign at Irpa that is planned for 2026, while the other will be a back-up system.

Irpa, formerly called Asterix, is a gas field located at a depth of approximately 1,350 metres in the Norwegian Sea, 340 kilometres offshore Bodø, North Norway. Irpa will be developed as a tie-in to the Aasta Hansteen FPSO.

“We said in January, when we were awarded the ROCS for the Rosebank field, that we hoped that this marked the beginning of an exciting collaboration between Optime Subsea and Equinor. We look forward to proving the many benefits ROCS bring at the Irpa field development, and to cooperating with Equinor on another project,” says Trond Løkka, chief innovation officer at Optime Subsea.

ROCS details:

  • When completing subsea wells, the tubing hanger is placed on top of the wellhead, as a seal towards the rest of the subsea well.
  • Normally the tubing hanger is controlled through a dedicated hydraulic umbilical which adds a large 20-30 feet control container. When running the umbilical, it is also clamped to the tubing for increased stability.
  • ROCS replaces these operations by remotely controlling a controls unit toward the wellhead. This allows for safer, simpler and more efficient operations.
  • ROCS is mobilized in a single basket, prepared and made up onshore, allowing it to be ready to run immediately when offshore, from a rig. Avoiding mobilization of 50+ tonnes of topside equipment
  • The ROCS is 100 percent universal and can be applied to any type of subsea well.

For additional information, please contact:

Trond Løkka

Chief Innovation Officer |Optime Subsea AS

E: tl@optimesubsea.no| NO: +47 97705528 |

How often do you have the chance to be part of creating a company and shaping an industry? 

Optime Subsea is a leading specialist on subsea intervention and controls systems globally. Our technologies have drastically changed how operators solve their subsea challenges. As our company is expanding both in Norway and internationally, we are searching for more people to join our team.

Now we have several vacant positions with our innovative subsea technology company. We have five vacant positions with our Houston office, in Texas, US. 

To read more and apply for the various roles, please click the link in the individual brief job description below.


Operations Manager in Houston
As an Operations Manager at our Houston office in Texas, you will be responsible for the planning of onshore and offshore operations and work with the Project Manager to ensure projects are executed successfully. You will be responsible for developing and implementing operational strategies and goals, and for coordinating operations to obtain optimum use of equipment, facilities, and personnel to meet customer needs. As Operations Manager, you will be the main point of contact for all offshore queries and support.

Read more about the position as Operations Manager and apply →

Service Engineer (TSP) in Houston
As a Service Engineer at our Houston office in Texas, you will be responsible for the maintenance, testing and operation of Optime Subsea equipment during offshore operations. You will also be responsible for executing work related to mobilization and de-mobilization of Optime Subsea equipment, as well as work on Optime Subsea equipment in between offshore operations.

Read more about the position as Service Engineer (TSP) and apply →

Offshore Operations Supervisor in Houston
As an Offshore Operations Supervisor at our Houston office in Texas, you will be responsible for operating and managing Optime Subsea equipment and crews during offshore operations. You will also be responsible for coordinating and organizing Optime Subsea activities during mobilization and de-mobilization. You will be the main point of contact for non Optime Subsea personnel and clients to coordinate operations.

Read more about the position as Offshore Operations Supervisor and apply →

Sales and Business Development Manager in Houston
As a Sales and Business Development Manager at our Houston office in Texas, you will lead the Sales and business Development effort and have the responsibility of setting and executing sales and growth strategies. You will develop relationship with existing and new customers, and discover and explore new markets and concepts.

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Project Manager in Houston
As a Project Manager at our Houston office in Texas, you will be responsible for successful development and execution of onshore and offshore projects, ensuring that the project plan meets both internal and contractual project requirements. The position interfaces with operations and engineering to plan and execute operations and field deployment of products. As a Project Manager, you will control the progress of the project while keeping relevant stakeholders informed and ensures risk and QHSE concerns are mitigated.

Read more about the position as Project Manager and apply →


General application

We constantly need new employees. Do we not have a current position for you at the moment? Please, send us a general appliciation.

From 29 August to 1 September, Optime Subsea will participate at the ONS conference in Stavanger, Norway. 

ONS (short for Offshore Northerns Seas), is a biennial event which started in 1974, and today is a key meeting place for the energy industry.

Continuously developing, ONS represents a series of activities around the world, and assembles high-profile decision-makers as well as global influencers who are engaged in the world’s energy discussions.

During the ONS event, more than 65 000 visitors from around 100 countries gather in Stavanger. Optime Subsea will participate at the event, proudly displaying our Downhole Safety Control Module (DHSCM) in hall 7, stand no. 7255. 

We will also introduce you to our Remotely Operated Controls Systems (ROCS) and our latest invention, the Subsea Controls & Intervention Light System (SCILS).

Want to meet up during ONS 2022?

Contact: post@optimesubsea.com and we’ll be in touch.

See you in Stavanger!

Erlend is now working as a full-time project engineer at Optime Subsea. He started his career at Optime Subsea during his studies at USN Kongsberg. Erlend studied Systems Engineering, specialized in Software. The young engineer has already been a key contributor to the development of the mSHPU, SCILS and ROCS products. He has lent his talent over the whole stack, from driver-development, through controls-engineering, and to the top layer of human machine interface.

I was wrong.

– In 2011 I was offered to play for NFK – Notodden Fotball Club. I lived in Trondheim, one of Norway`s biggest cities and I saw myself as a city boy. I hesitated and was slightly negative when I moved to Notodden. My opinion of this small town was that there was nothing to do. My initial plan was, therefore, to return to Trondheim, Trøndelag.

Can you tell us what made you change your mind?

– After a while I realized that Notodden had the whole package. The city is surrounded by astonishing nature and had a lot of activities. Notodden is simply an idyllic place to live with its good reach to more central areas like Drammen, Oslo, Skien and Porsgrunn. Since my partner is from Notodden and I now work at Optime Subsea, I find my life here enjoyable.

As you enter the door at Optime, you get the opportunity to set your mark.


Why did you want to work at Optime Subsea?

– When I got hired as a software engineer, Optime was smaller than today. I immediately experienced the Optime spirit, drive and commitment that has brought us to where we are today. My ambitions were heard and acknowledged from the first day, and I was given room for creativity. Optime is intentional when hiring, and it is all about finding just the right people. In this way Optime takes care of the culture, that which contributes to the success of the company. With Optime, you have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to its further development. 

Freedom and creativity

– In my role as a software engineer at Optime I work closely with other people and disciplines. From start to finish, you gain essential knowledge as a participating part in different projects. It is the opportunity to develop myself and the company that keeps me thriving. Optime does not put you in chains, but instead gives you flexibility and freedom.

  • Optime Subsea`s mission is to be the market leader in subsea intervention and control systems. Our mission is to be the leading provider of systems for subsea intervention and control, within the oil and gas industry. We will accomplish this by continuous innovation, with focus on productivity, modularity, and optimization – always to and for our customers.

As a Software Engineer, you might have prejudiced thoughts of the industry

The oil – and gas industry is not known for being a forward – leaning industry within software.

In Optime we want to be innovative in everything we do. Our slogan “We simplify subsea” permeates everything we work with, and together as a company we strive to break limits continuously. It is evident in our projects like ROCS and SCILS where this is demonstrated. Both projects that needed electronics, and software knowledge to make the control system.

If you are a software engineer and thinking about working at Optime – I have one advice; leave an application!

Optime are innovators in the industry, and I can guarantee you will find this journey an enriching one to be a part of.


Exciting Projects as a Software Engineer

– NUI was exciting because it was my first project. The responsibility I was given from the beginning made me have to trust myself and believe in my decisions. These projects leave you with experience and pride. By taking part in processes like these and working through them from start to finish, you gain an understanding of planning, execution, and the context.  

ROCS is high-level innovation within oil and gas. I got to be a part of this project from start to finish. Out on operation, it was amazing to see the result of every hour and day of work.

Using the new technology was a real success!

Your attitude is important!

– The only thing I look for when hiring is attitude. For us, this means being eager to learn and not shying away from responsibility.

Optime will further innovate the industry with its disruptive technology. If we are to innovate the industry and maintain the pressure with new ideas, we also have to innovate ourselves – become better. It is a prerequisite that we hire different types of people; To ensure diversity and good questions.

Are we too similar, then we will not be innovative enough.


Erlend – Outside Optime

– I am very fond of staying active. Before covid hit, I played football, as well as skiing. I am always active, no matter what the season is. Having moved to Notodden, we now have access to a lot of great opportunities and offers throughout the year.

– The fact that Optime able to dissuade me of moving back makes my partner very happy. As am I to this day. And as a father I am not interested to live anywhere else but right here. We are very happy, and we are looking forward to establishing at Notodden.

Optime became the anchorage for Notodden and the reason why we have established ourselves here.


«Optime Subsea has proven that they are capable of “simplifying subsea” with their disruptive technology. I am looking forward to continue our mission in developing technology, and focus on delivery to our customers worldwide. I am excited and humble to join this great team.

Kjetil Andre Dalheim

Optime Subsea continues to grow and we are further strengthen the management team in Norway. We are excited to introduce our new Chief Operations Officer, Kjetil Andre.

Optime Subsea mission is to be the market leader in subsea intervention and control systems. Our mission is to be the leading provider of systems for subsea intervention and control, within oil and gas industry. We will accomplish this by continuous innovation, with focus on productivity, modularit, and optimization – always to and for our customers.

Kjetil Andre has a broad and diverse background, starting within banking and finance before moving into Oil & Gas and project management. He brings with him more than 10 years of experience within Oil & Gas as Project Manager and Portfolio Manager. Main area has been Well access tooling. His last position involved Merger and Acquisitions work in addition to Project Management. 

We look forward to the continued growth our team will see under this new leadership. We hired Kjetil Andre with careful consideration in protecting our culture and we believe he will be a great addition to our team. His main drive is to develop people and organization. Kjetil Andre`s strenght is his ability to make decisions and create motion. Core value is integrity and people first. 

Jan-Fredrik Carlsen

Optime Subsea continues to expand, we are ramping up! Optime Subsea continues to attract top talent.

We are delighted to announce the expansion of our leadership team through the appointment of Colin Nicol as our General Manager

Optime Subsea mission is to be the market leader in subsea intervention and control systems. Our mission is to be the leading provider of systems for subsea intervention and control, within the oil and gas industry. We will accomplish this by continuous innovation, with focus on productivity, modularity, and optimization – always to and for our customers.

Colin Nicol will join our Senior Management team and report to our CEO Jan-Fredrik Carlsen with a core focus on developing our Optime Subsea Services INC. Working alongside with our customers and do the preparation for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The future of Optime Subsea Service INC is to expand the sales and marketing business to include an operations service group with the ability to support onshore and offshore operations and will include both, local engineering support and field service personnel team.

Optime Subsea Services INC is in the middle of a strategic asset delivery plan to supply our SCILS and ROCS technology to the GOM market. 2 SCILS systems have been delivered to date with 2 ROCS systems to follow. The ROCS system will be ready for operations in the first half of 2022. Most of these assets are being delivered to the international partnership alliance between Halliburton and Optime Subsea, with operations supported jointly by both parties.

“Colin brings with him significant experience within the Oil and Gas subsea sector covering a career in engineering, project execution, operations management, business development as well as business and commercial strategy. Colin has been involved in or responsible for the delivery and commercialization of existing and new technologies into global markets. Along with his experience, Colin has shown that he has the right core values that are at the heart of Optime.  I’m certain we have the best qualified man for the job! I look forward to working together with Colin and have him as a part of my Senior Management Team.”

Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, CEO

A great success ROCS & ROLL at Optime Subsea 31.03.2022

Finally, it was time for getting together for a Workshop in the oil and gas industry, for Operators & Subsea innovators. 

A great hands-on innovation workshop at Optime Subsea Notodden-Norway, an exciting day of shaping tomorrow’s systems that will simplify subsea.

Presentation of Optime Subsea systems and operations; ROCS, SCILS and mSHPU products.

Thank you all for making The ROCS & ROLL workshop at Notodden into an amazing event. Optime sets great pride in open and honest relationship with our customers and colleagues. The ROCS & ROLL event was a great hands-on workshop for getting good discussions and insight in equipment, innovation and customers need.  Meeting together, participants from management-development-engineering to technical support personnel gave great value and insight. We hade a fantastic day and we are happy to say that we will make this event a yearly happening for the industry, colleagues and customers. 

Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, CEO Optime Subsea

The speakers of the day!

Sigurd Loven Kirkebø, Deloitte

Presented benefits gained by working together.

Sigurd shared his experiences from the “NCS Sharing Economy Project” conducted for the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry. He also talked about the challenges and opportunities for operators and suppliers, as well as what benefits can be gained by collaborating on projects.

Magnus E Marsdal Author of the book, Parterapi For Oljefolk og klimaaktivister

Magnus introduced us to the topic: climate activist Anja Bakken Riise and oil union representative Atle Tranøy join forces to find Norway’s path forward through the industrial green shift. 

Trond Løkka, Chief Business Development Officer Optime Subsea and Rubem Prandi, Business Development Engineer

Trond and Rubem talked about Optime Subsea systems and operations, the ROCS, SCILS and mSHPU products.
They discussed how to increase efficiency, reduce interfaces, and minimize HSE risk exposure. They also presented how Optime has investigate CO2 footprint reduction by way of universalizing systems and
maximizing utilization.


Aker BP’s Tor Otto Lidal, Lead Subsea Engineer, and
Hans Andreas Øygarden, Senior Subsea Engineer

From Drilling and Wells at Aker BP
Tor Otto and Hans Andreas shared their expertise on how new initiatives in the oil and gas industry can move from great ideas to field proven innovation, with the SCILS & ROCS products as reference examples.

Henrik Vedeld System Engineer Alle Electric Equinor 

All-Electric Equinor
Henrik shared his knowledge and expertise on developing Optime’s mSHPU product to overcome the last hurtle in going all electric, and how the product was qualified to TRL-4 for subsea worthiness and use.

Karl Herman Franzen, Leading Engineer Subsea Technology TDI OG FOS SMT SUB Equinor

Technology qualification is a process, All Electric, mSHPU system. 
Shared experience from 2 years of technology development and qualification at Optime Subsea under demanding frame conditions.

Reidar Tveiten, Chair of the Board, Optime Subsea

Announced latest news, how Optime Subsea will grow according to the marked position and strategy for the company.
More news to come.

A special thanks to our guest from; Aker BP, Equinor, Chevron, Petoro, Shell, Neptun Energy, OKEA, Repsol, Conoco Philips, DNO, Wintershalldae, Lundin, Vår Energy for participating.

Thanks to speakers for making an excellent program for the event. And a special thanks to speakers from Aker BP and Equinor, talking about their experience working with Optime Subsea. They referred to customer projects related to Optimes core values, technology development and Qualification.

The event ended with dinner at Brattrein Hotel and rock concert at Telerock

Thank you all for coming to Norway, Notodden. It was a great event, and we are proud to be able to work together for making the oil and gas industry focusing on developing new technology, to reach the future golds related to environment, HSE and sustainability.  See you all back at Optime Subsea next year for a new ROCS & ROLL workshop at Notodden Norway 

Host for the Rocs and Roll event, Gunn Tove Aarbakk, Business Development-Project Manager-Marketing Responsible

Photo: Elisabeth Fosse