"Fugro has recently made significant investments in intervention tooling as part of an increased commitment to the subsea engineering market", explained Grant Aitchison, Subsea Construction & Engineering Manager with Fugro-Rovtech in Aberdeen.
"This initiative has already borne fruit", Grant continued. "We have been successful in securing the award of two significant field support contracts for Woodside Energy in Mauritania".
Woodside operates the Chinguetti field in the North West African Margin, offshore Mauritania. The field is located in deep-water Block 4, approximately 80 kilometres west of Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania, in water depths ranging from 800 to 1500 metres.
"Firstly we have a contract to supply an ROV system and Subsea Engineering and Intervention Tooling Support on the semi-submersible rig Attwood Hunter during the drilling of additional exploration wells, and for well completions work", comments Grant Aitchison.
"This is a 2 year contract with extension options, which we commenced in July 2006."
The second contract involves provision of Fugro's ROV support vessel Skandi Carla, configured as a Multipurpose Intervention Vessel (MIV) to carry deep-water ROV systems and provide subsea engineering and intervention tooling support for field maintenance. Fugro is responsible for the pre-engineering activities, provides engineering and design analysis, and procures and installs subsea equipment utilising a variety of intervention tooling. The work scope also includes the design and manufacture of bespoke intervention tools for the installation of subsea hardware. The offshore phase of the project is scheduled for April 2007.
Grant Aitchison adds, "Our subsea engineering and intervention tooling experience is based on a solid track record of developing engineering solutions within the marine and subsea environment, with emphasis on utilising enhanced ROV intervention techniques for construction, installation, maintenance and repair operations. Recent expansion in capability clearly demonstrates Fugro's commitment to becoming a world leader in deep-water intervention services".