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INDUSTRY NEWS


ROVCO DIVES INTO INTERNATIONAL WATERS UK ROV COMPANY COMPLETES FIRST OVERSEAS CONTRACTS


UK based start-up Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters and made significant progress towards growing its global footprint following the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.


The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, utilising its state-of-the-art SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.


launched in September, the company has also been awarded its first ROV consultancy project with one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers and recently employed two new ROV pilots. It is now looking to appoint a chief technology officer as it continues to grow its UKCS position and gear up for further overseas expansion.


With an increasing pipeline of work, the firm aims to become a leading ROV and inspection company within the next three years, with expertise and capacity to carry out underwater inspection


projects across the globe.


Currently tendering for work in the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East and across the UK and Europe, Rovco is poised for further success both at home and further afield.


Rovco Chief Executive and founder, Brian Allen commented: “It has been an incredible first few months in business. We have far exceeded our initial sales predictions and we are currently preparing for a number of projects that are due to start in March.


“These contract wins are testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, who have made a concerted effort to explore markets and developments which could really benefit from the expertise of the UK oil and gas industry.


“looking ahead, we aim to form strategic partnerships with local companies across the globe in a bid to increase trade opportunities, exporting our skills and expertise to overseas markets. We are in a strong position to support both existing and new clients, delivering cost-effective engineering methods for even the most


FIRST SUBSEA PIPELINE RECOVERY TOOL FOR TEX-MEX PIPELINE


Allseas has awarded First Subsea a contract to supply a 42” Ballgrab Pipeline Recovery Tool (PRT) for the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline project in the Gulf of Mexico, a 700-kilometer subsea gas pipeline that will interconnect with the Nueces-Brownsville pipeline and the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline.


The PRT is designed and constructed in a modular manner, accommodating different pipe specifications as well as permitting various pigging, dewatering and sealing scenarios. Ballgrab PRT’s were first used in 1994 and have been supplied for over 125 major projects worldwide.


“It’s great to be working with Allseas again, especially on this prestigious project” says Phil Day Proposals Manager, first Subsea.


For more information on First Subsea and Ballgrab Pipeline Recovery Tools visit: www.firstsubsea.com E-mail: info@firstsubsea.com Telephone: +44 (0)1524 387777


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With an expanding fleet of ROVs, sized from micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, cost effective solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using high resolution state-of- the-art 4K cameras, scanning sonars, multibeam echosounders and sub bottom profilers.


for more information about Rovco, visit: www.rovco.com


Above: Rovco Chief Executive and founder, Brian Allen.


SHELL AWARDS AIRBORNE OIL & GAS CONTRACT FOR DEEPWATER SUBSEA TCP JUMPER SPOOL QUALIFICATION


Airborne Oil & Gas, the world’s first and leading manufacturer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (“TCP”) has been awarded a qualification program from Shell for a high-pressure, Deepwater TCP jumper spool. Its first application is anticipated in the Gulf of Mexico region.


Tom Moroney, Shell’s Vice President Deepwater & Wells Technology comments: “Airborne Oil & Gas’ flexible Composite Pipe is light weight and flexible, which could considerably help reduce the cost of subsea developments in deep waters. In addition, the high-pressure jumper spool represents a relevant step towards future deployment of Deepwater composite risers”.


The TCP Jumper Spool will be manufactured using carbon fibre, and designed for application in depths greater than 2000 meters at pressures in excess of 10,000 psi. Gavin leiper, Vice President Airborne Oil & Gas North America, comments: “This is a fantastic step forward in our qualification and product portfolio. We are very pleased that Shell have recognised the opportunity that our cost effective technology brings to the full operational life-cycle of subsea field infrastructures. We are looking forward to working closely with the Shell Technology Centres in Houston and Amsterdam, as we deliver this exciting product to the market.”


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