Safe and reliable subsea control

We know that the safe and efficient control of subsea production systems is at the top of your priorities. That’s why we have ensured that ModPod, our subsea control module (SCM), is one of the most technologically advanced, versatile, and reliable control-system components available.

ModPod is a multiplexed, electro-hydraulic SCM typically used for subsea tree and manifold-mounted applications. It is also used for wider applications such as subsea interventions, workovers, safety systems, and subsea isolation valve control. It ensures the stable and reliable control of subsea valves, while providing the communications and sensor data read-back required to maintain optimal operational efficiency.


Fast delivery and proven track record

ModPod’s modular, configurable design, in conjunction with our structured engineering and quality processes, enables short cycle times and certainty of schedule. That means we can deliver make-to-order variants as fast as nine months.We also offer a fully configured solution.


Potential 99% production availability

Common ModPod components across all applications also means repeatable build processes, improving reliability at the core of your subsea system. Every manufactured unit is subjected to hyperbaric testing to 9,842 ft (3,000 m). Using standard components allows us to volume-source them, extending reliability into the supply chain and bringing down the capital cost of this unit in your production systems—a principle that extends to the SemStar5 units in the ModPod. To date, we have delivered more than 1,000 ModPods to our customers and the SCM has a proven track record across a range of high-functionality applications, hitting production availability targets of over 99%.


Reduced total cost of ownership

The ModPod is API17F, SIIS and IWIS compliant. The standard make-to-order configuration supports 24 control functions, sufficient for most subsea production applications. Variants can also be configured to control up to 42 hydraulic functions—enough even for subsea workover-control applications. The ModPod also offers integral accumulation and hydraulic filtration, which removes the need for separate subsea accumulation modules, reducing the total cost of ownership over asset lifetime and improving control-system reliability.


First-class heritage

Baker Hughes has been designing and manufacturing directional control valves (DCV) for use in the ModPod SCM for over 25 years. The product has undergone continual development and design validation to meet ever-increasing demands for reliability, availability, and safety in control systems. Our DCVs are qualified to 10,000 psi with a variety of control fluids. Validation work is continuous and the product line is continuing to evolve to meet the requirements of high-pressure, high-temperature (15,000 psi and 350°F) and 20,000 psi field requirements.


Common features of the ModPod series:
  • Compact hydraulic manifold, providing hydraulic connectivity for a standard, modular component fit
  • Standard footprint 770 mm x 770 mm
  • Standard height 1,350 mm
  • Optional integral pressure intensifier for high-pressure functions
  • Hyperbaric testing of all manufactured units to the rated depth
  • Retrievable with ROV-assisted running tool
  • Integral accumulation and hydraulic filtration
  • Includes our VetcoGray SemStar5 series subsea electronics modules
  • Continual focus on incremental reliability improvements
  • Qualified, proprietary DCV components
  • Multiple communications options available (fiber-optic modems, multi-drop powerline modems, high-speed point-to-point modems)
  • Direct Ethernet (TCP/IP)
  • Support for flexible instrumentation suites (4-20mA, serial field bus, IWIS and SIIS interfaces)
  • Standard SCM mounting base for tree, manifold or other mounting locations


VetcoGray ModPod package

The VetcoGray ModPod package requires minimal one-time engineering between order confirmation and integrated-system factory-acceptance testing.

  • Up to 18 LP hydraulic control functions (5K psi)
  • Up to 6 HP hydraulic control functions (10K psi)
  • Depth rating: 2,000 m
  • Competitive lead times
  • Dual VetcoGray SemStar5 subsea electronics modules
  • Documentation to a generic standard and format
  • Standard product-conformance dossiers (manufacturer defined)
  • QA/QC/inspection to standard procedures (manufacturer defined)


VetcoGray ModPod custom

The custom option is the most flexible and configurable SCM package, with many options available for functionality and specification. After factory acceptance testing, the VetcoGray ModPod custom package is fully integrated with the complete production control system at EFAT and site-integration tests before subsea deployment.

  • Up to 38 LP hydraulic control functions (5K psi)
  • Up to 6 HP hydraulic control functions (10K or 15K psi)
  • Depth rating: 3,000 m
  • Dual VetcoGray SemStar5 subsea electronics modules
  • Documentation available to client-specific and project-specific formats
  • Standard product-conformance dossiers (manufacturer defined) or as certified to align with your in-house standards
  • QA/QC/inspection to standard procedures (manufacturer defined) or as certified to align with your in-house standards

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