Equinor, on behalf of the Njord licence, has awarded Saipem a subsea service contract utilizing a wi-fi underwater intervention drone and an ROV.
This contract will make Equinor the primary person of know-how anticipated to be accomplished in 2020.?
“This is a historic contract within the oil and gasoline business. It is the primary contract signed for the usage of superior wi-fi drone companies. We are happy to safe a contract that can carry subsea know-how an enormous step ahead. Equinor goals to assist form the event of this kind of know-how, which this contract underscores,” says Anders Opedal, govt vice chairman, Technology, Projects & Drilling.
The companies from Saipem Limited Norway Branch can be employed when the Njord subject resumes manufacturing in 2020. Lasting for ten years, the contract has 5 2-year choices for added extension. The worth of the mounted a part of the contract is estimated at about EUR 40 million. The contract lays down necessities for everlasting presence in Norway and Norwegian-speaking personnel.
The new know-how employs an underwater intervention drone (Hydrone-R) and an all-electric work class ROV (Hydrone-W). The drone could also be autonomous beneath Njord for months between scheduled upkeep, whereas Hydrone-W can be linked to the platform like a standard ROV. Both are electrical and may be operated and not using a floor vessel. The use of this know-how will due to this fact contribute to important carbon discount. In addition, the response time can be lowered. Furthermore, the operations is not going to be depending on climate situations.
“It may be very thrilling to be a pioneer for this kind of know-how offshore. Enabling personnel to plan and carry out operations from shore relatively than being flown offshore, this pathbreaking know-how may even cut back prices,” says Olav A. Godø, operations supervisor, Njord.
Equinor’s proprietary docking station for information transmission and subsea induction charging can be put in beneath Njord and utilized by the underwater drone.
On July 1st, Saipem-Sonsub’s Hydrone-R underwater intervention drone was launched in water to begin the endurance and qualification exams previous to its commercialization by 12 months’s finish.
(Source: Equinor – Image: Saipem)
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