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‘The Shell Stones Development’ – Custom-Engineered Electrical and Fiber Optic Connectors from TE Connectivity



Royal Dutch Shell’s innovative concept for the Stones FPSO includes a detach­able buoy turret mooring (BTM) that can release production risers and umbili­cals in advance of extreme weather con­ditions and reconnect afterwards. This capability required custom-designed electrical and fiber optic connectors on the umbilicals and turret stab plates that could disengage and reconnect reliably, safely and repeatedly. TE Connectivi­ty’s (TE) SEACON and DEUTSCH com­bined portfolios were able to meet this unique challenge.

TE offers one of the widest range of dry- and wet- mate connectivity solu­tions available in the market and has developed innovative technologies to support FPSO applications such as this since the early 2000’s. For the Stones project, Royal Dutch Shell relied on TE to provide the low voltage and high volt­age electrical connectors and fiber optic connectors for the stab plate inter­section between the FPSO and BTP and used similar low voltage and fiber optic connectors for the BTB moni­toring system.

Demanding Application

The dry-mate EX-Mate LV electrical con­nectors and wet-mate HydraLight fiber optic connectors had to be certified as explosion proof because they would be installed in a Class I, Zone I hazardous location on the vessel. Connectors had to be designed to mate correctly under all possible stab plate misalignment con­ditions. The robust design ensures that the connectors function and maintain their integrity under high load condi­tions while connected to the 180-ton, 3,000m-long umbilical cables. When dis­connected from the FPSO, the BTM will be submerged.

Both the EX-Mate and EX-HydraLight connectors were supplied in super duplex material. Within the HydraLight connector, engineers used a new com­pensation fluid with no flash-point and changed the pressure compensator to withstand higher thermal expansion. A portable oil fill station was developed for connector maintenance, and test connec­tors were designed to verify fiber optic channel performance.

Extensive Testing and Certification

TE worked closely with Royal Dutch Shell and ExVeritas Limited to create a comprehensive connector qualification test program to certify the fiber optic and electrical connectors for use in a Class I hazardous area. TE also qualified two separate Royal Dutch Shell-pro­vided cables and their integration with connector assemblies through extensive physical testing.

TE also supplied SEACON connec­tor/cable assemblies for the top stab plate for installation at the turret suppli­er’s location. TE’s DEUTSCH technicians worked at the umbilical supplier’s facili­ty to install the connectors to the cables using a proprietary moulding process.

Collaboration and Support

At the outset of the project, TE worked with Royal Dutch Shell to create a com­prehensive functional design specifica­tion to capture all engineering require­ments. TE’s SEACON Engineering, R&D, production and supply chain groups sup­ported the project from initiation to final installation. Amidst the technical com­plexities and pioneering requirements, the project was expertly administered. TE’s broad experience across all connec­tivity mediums and technologies serving Marine Oil & Gas applications – includ­ing seven previous FPSO projects — served as a critical asset toward the proj­ect’s success.

TE Connectivity, TE, SEACON, DEUTSCH are trademarks of the TE Connectivity family of companies.
Royal Dutch Shell and ExVeritas are trademarks.

Extend the Mission with Space and Weight-Saving Interconnection Solutions for Harsh Marine Environments


With any Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations, reliability in a wide variety of conditions and depths is a key must have.  With exploration and other vital operations in the sector venturing ever deeper and in a variety of harsh conditions, the integrity of cable and connectors has never been higher on the agenda.  With Rochester Cable and SEACON 55 Series and WET-CON connectors reliability and integrity are assured, which is no more than you would expect from one of the global leaders TE Connectivity (TE).

For more information on cable and connector solutions for ROV applications, contact a TE Marine, Oil and Gas (MOG) Center today.



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Download the Latest Rugged Fiber Optic Brochure Available from TE Connectivity



Rugged Fiber Optics for Harsh Environments

TE Connectivity’s (TE) portfolio of RFO (Ruggedized Fiber Optics) products allows us to deliver end-to-end solutions with the benefits of optical technology to challenging harsh environment applications. Fiber optics enables data and video delivery at higher speeds over longer distances not possible with traditional copper cable. RFO products help deliver up to 10 Gb/s communication protocols over fiber with inherent EMI immunity and significant size, weight, and power (SWaP) benefits.

  • Gigabit Ethernet data transmission components
  • HD and 3D video uncompressed transmission components and modules
  • Serial and analog data transmission solutions
  • Chassis-based systems for maximum flexibility and aggregation of all data protocols over fiber

For more details on Fiber Optic connectors available from TE please visit

Visit TE Connectivity (TE) SEACON at Oceans 2016



Complete Underwater Connectivity Solutions from Trusted Brands

Come join us at Oceans 2016 to see our full range of underwater connectivity solutions for many applications within the oceanographic market.


19th to 23rd September, 2016
Monterey, CA, USA
Booth #504

Products Displayed at the Show

Our Products


Product Showcase

Subsea Technology Solutions for Oil and Gas Exploration

TE Connectivity Will Display Marine Products at ONS 2016 –


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Members of the media are invited to visit TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, at booth #366, Hall 3, at Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) 2016 to see TE’s latest in underwater connectivity solutions for oil and gas applications.

As demands for exploration, drilling and production at increasing depths are placed on the industry, underwater mateable connectors have become critical to high-speed communications, production control, pumping systems, riser monitoring systems and permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) systems.

TE, with its range of SEACON connectors, continues to maintain its position at the cutting edge of subsea connector technology with ongoing investment in innovative solutions and the development of core products. At ONS 2016, TE will display one of its leading products, the Hydralight optical underwater mateable connector series.

Highly suitable for oil and gas exploration and production applications, the Hydralight connector is an eight-channel device that is fully underwater mateable, oil-filled, pressure balanced, qualified to 7,000m and has a design life of up to 30 years. With a minimum of 100 mate/de-mates the Hydralight connector meets the “Optical Wet-Mate Connector Specifications” for Norsk Hydro, Statoil, Elf Exploration, Total, Hess and BP.

SEACON connectors form part of the growing stable of exceptional connection systems and cabling solutions for harsh environments in the TE portfolio, which also includes trusted brands DEUTSCH Offshore, Rochester Wire & Cable and Raychem.

These brands will also be featured at the booth, and our team of engineers will be available for questions and interviews throughout the duration of the show.

SHOW:      ONS (Offshore Northern Seas)
DATE:       29 August to 1 September, 2016
WHERE:    Booth #366, Hall 3, Stavanger Forum, Stavanger


For more information on any of these marine solutions, contact the TE Product Information Center at
1-800-522-6752 or visit the ONS landing page.

To learn more or to coordinate an interview, please contact Todd Scott at
+001 717 652 0100, extension 190 or via e-mail at

SEACON, DEUTSCH, Rochester, Raychem, TE, TE Connectivity and the TE connectivity (logo) are trademarks of the TE Connectivity Ltd. family of companies. Other logos, product and/or company names might be trademarks of their respective owners.

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 72,000 people, including over 7,000 engineers, partner with customers in close to 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS –

SEACON Exhibiting at Offshore Northern Seas



Complete Underwater Connectivity Solutions from Trusted Brands

Come join us at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) to see our full range of underwater connectivity solutions for many applications within the oil and gas market.


29th August to 1st September, 2016
Stavanger, Norway
Hall 3 Booth #366

Products Displayed at the Show

Our Products


Product Showcase

Deep Ocean Capabilities – The GRE Connector from SEACON


This series of connectors has been used on many diverse applications such as deep ocean and ship sub-surface electronics and is also suitable for a variety of other uses including ROV’s, underwater cameras and lights, diver communication systems, mine counter measure assemblies and survey equipment.


  • 4 connector sizes
  • 1 to 36 contacts including coax
  • Optic & oil filled available
  • Up to 20,000 psig (approx. 45,000ft/ 13, 700m)
  • Up to 2,800 VDC
  • Up to 200 amps
  • Glass Reinforced Epoxy, Stainless Stelel, Delrin®  (DuPont trademark for Acetal Resin)
  • Typical uses; Lights, cameras and ROV‘s

If you require more information please visit SEACON’s GRE product page, request our full product range catalog on CD, or contact a SEACON facility near you.

SEACON Celebrate 2 Years with TE Connectivity


SEACON Europe celebrated 2 years with TE Connectivity by gathering employees together for tea and cake.

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Durable and Lightweight – SEACON’s 55 Series Electrical Dry-Mate Connector


55 Series

The 55 SERIES of underwater electrical dry-mate connectors contain significant design improvements over other industry standard connectors, whilst maintaining compatibility and interchangeability with them. This connector range is also available in PEEK (Polyetheretherketone) which was selected for its superior chemical resistance, excellent electrical properties, wear and abrasion resistance and light weight. This PEEK series of connectors are not affected by corrosion or cathodic delamination. Key features include:-

  • Industry Standard Compatibility
  • Proven Sealing Technology
  • Heavy Duty Stub Acme Threads (except shell size 15)
  • Pressure Rated Blanking Caps available

Pressure rated to 10,000 psi (22,500ft/7,000m), the 55 SERIES is available in 5 shell sizes with up to 24 contacts with PBOF (Pressure Balanced Oil Filled) options. Manufactured from 316L Stainless Steel as standard, other materials are also available upon request including Titanium, Aluminium Bronze and Alloy 625.

This connector range is suitable for a variety of applications including ROV’s, underwater cameras, diver communications, lights and pan and tilts.

Ethernet compatible connectors in the 55 SERIES include the 1504 and 2004 for speeds up to 100 mbit/s compatible with Cat5 systems (cable dependant). The 1508 and 2008 are suitable for speeds up to 1 Gbit/s compatible with Cat5e/6 and the 2013 for speeds up to 1 Gbit/s with the option to have an additional 4 power cores plus a screen, also compatible with Cat5e/6 systems (cable dependant). Key features of the 55 SERIES range are as follows;

  • Dry mateable
  • 5 shell sizes
  • 2 to 24 contacts
  • Oil filled options available
  • Non metallic PEEK available
  • High power and high voltage versions available
  • 10,000 psig mated/unmated (approx. 22,500ft/7,000m)
  • 600 VDC
  • 5 to 18 amps (dependent on conductor and cable size and make-up)
  • Typical uses; UWTV, lights & ROV‘s

If you require more information please visit SEACON’s 55 SERIES product page, request our full product range catalog on CD, or contact a SEACON facility near you.