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Innovative Anti Fouling

Cost Savings and Preventative Solutions:

Reduced Downtime, increased production of pumps & associated plumbing

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Greatly reducing time & environmental impact of decommissioning

Telfer Tech Oil & Gas System (TOG) is the marine arm of AntiBio.  It is an innovative environmentally friendly technology which acts as a preventative solution for marine fouling on offshore platforms, including caissons, conductors, casings, jackets legs and numerous other structures.

At the heart of the TOG System is the AntiBio Technologies proprietary SSF technology specially packaged and hardened for implementation in the harshest marine environments.

Telfer Tech TOG System uses low frequency sound (5kHz & lower) to treat particle matters like microorganisms in flowing fluid, biofilm and calcareous growth.  Each TOG system consists of a Control Unit (“Controller”) that is scalable depending on site requirement and Activators.

The Controller is powered by a low voltage power pack (10VAC 1 AMP) that houses a circuit board incorporating a pre-programmed microchip that is configured to transmits more than 10 million sets of sonic waves at preset intervals.  The sound emitted creates Sweeping Sound Frequencies (“SSF”) patterns and is propagated to the areas of treatment through the activators.

AntiBio Controller Image
AntiBio Controll Unit
AntiBio Activator Image
AntiBio Activators

The activators are made of ferrite rods wrapped in heat-shrink and covered in protective shield casings.  The typical dimensions of each activator are 200mm in length and 9.5mm in diameter.

Activators are mounted on the external side of the structure to be treated or protected.  Usually the location where the Activators are installed is at the center deck and above water.

Installation of the TOG System is simple and straight forward and can be Online installed (no need to shutdown) in most cases.

How does it work

It has been shown that Telfer Tech’s patented Sweeping Sound Frequency (“SSF”) Technology effectively reduces particle reproduction and retards habitual function of microorganisms in the areas that are shielded with SSF.

The shielded area is a STRESSFUL environment for living microorganisms and is detrimental to their survival and reproduction of cells.  Microorganisms in the shielded environment are neither able to carry out normal metabolic growth processes or feed properly, they become week and find it difficult to reproduce.  The weakened microorganisms will also lose their attachment to the structure and break away, and over time their population will diminish.

TOG’s SSF Technology emits over 10 million sets of variable sound frequencies that spread into surrounding media that rupture microorganism cell walls.  The sweeping sound ranges comprise alternating low frequencies and modulations that disrupt cell membrane structure for increased permeability leading to rupture.  The algorithms used for emitting the range of frequencies prevent cell immunity and adaptions and ensure maximum cell wall rupture on a continuous basis for eradication of microorganism populations.

Marine Fouling

Generally, there are two forms of marine fouling: micro fouling and macro fouling.

Micro fouling relates to the formation of Biofilm and often this is the first layer of fouling notwithstanding any form of human intervention or surface protection.  Biofilm formations is a process where microorganisms produce extracellular polymers that facilitate attachment and matrix formation and universally grow on surfaces.

Macro fouling relates to growth of barnacles, worms, other forms of calcareous growth and hydrozoa.

Micro fouling in most cases is the precursor to macro fouling where the later develops into uncontrollable colonies.  BIOFILM is the culprit and ROOT CAUSE of virtually all problems related to marine fouling.

Over many years of product development, pilot demonstration projects and commercial installations, TERFERTECH SDN BHD has successfully treated and validated its TOG SYSTEM for effectiveness and consistency in dislodging and preventing growth of biofilm on sea structures and pipe-works.

"Before installtion of the (AntiBio) unit, the pumps had a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of less than three months for the past three years … After successful installation of the TOG units, the pumps had zero downtime to date.  lnitial plan to clean the caissons every two years is now not necessary to be carried out since both pumps are performing as expected."

— Petronas

Petronas Steel Plate Validation Test

AntiBio Marine Cntrol Unit Photo

This test was designed to highlight the effectiveness of the AntiBio TOG System as a deterrent and preventative measure against marine growth.

For 5 months, two metal plates were placed in the ocean, attached via steel cables.

One AntiBio TOG System was installed, with activators attached to one of the steel plates (Test Plate).  The other steel place (Control Plate) was not treated.

Growth on both plates was monitored for a 5 month period.  This test was performed on a live Petronas oil platform.

Control Plate at Test Start
Control Plate at Test Start
Test Plate at Test Start
Test Plate at Test Start
Control Plate after 3 Months
Control Plate after 3 Months
Test Plate after 3 Months
Test Plate after 3 Months
Control Plate after 5 Months
Control Plate after 5 Months
Test Plate after 5 Months
Test Plate after 5 Months

TOG treats the ROOT CAUSE of virtually all Problems related to Marine Fouling

A prime example of how successful this technology has been is the Petronas Testimonial Letter. Click to Read

Biofilm is the Root Cause

  • Biofilm is when microorganisms have grown into colonies.
  • Biofilm is the main culprit of many fouling problems.
  • Biofilm is the core ingredient and food chain for many organisms to harbor onto.
  • By taking away the opportunity for initial surface attachment of microorganism from growing into colonies, we have removed the nest/food chain for many organisms to grow and reproduce.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

The TOG system uses patented Sweeping Sound Frequencies (“SSF”) that resonates over any hard surfaces or liquids to effectively reduce particle reproduction, prevent formation of biofilm and repel marine growth, without using any chemicals.  The alternating pattern of the frequencies further inhibits microbial growth.

The TOG Control Unit distributes the Sweeping Sound Frequencies to the Activators, which are attached to desired treatment areas (such as pipe work, pumps, boat landings, hulls, sea chests etc).  The Activators then emit the frequency, which penetrates conductive matter and repels marine growth and biofilm.

This sonic repellent serves as an effective and much more efficient treatment compared to standard chemical and manual treatment methods.

How do I operate the system, and how do I know the system is working?

There is no input or maintenance required to operate TOG.  Once installed, it runs automatically from a local power outlet.  Only periodic checks are required to ensure the system is operating correctly, by checking the indicator lights on the Control Unit, and using our TOG diagnostic tool to test the system.

What is the service life of the system?

All our products are engineered to last 20 years or more and include a 3+ year warranty

How many systems are required for my site?

Depending on the application, with oil rigs as an example, each Control Unit with 5 activators is sufficient to treat one caisson or jacket leg.  Site condition, pipe size and flow rates are key determining factors.  Refer to the TOG Technical Manual for specifications.

Does the system use much power?

No - The system uses minimal power, and can be run on solar power if required.


TOG can be retrofitted to any required treatment areas.  No existing infrastructure is modified, and at no time does the system make contact with the water itself.  A site scoping before installation is always deemed essential, to determine the most suitable locations to install the system.  The TOG Technical Manual provided offers easy guidance to safe and proper installation procedures.

All systems installed on an oil rig meet and comply to all applicable standards for environment and safety.  All activator connections are sealed to and from the control unit.  The system has been tested and complies with all regulatory sound emission and health safety compliances and approvals.

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