FoundOcean The Experts in Subsea Grouting for the Offshore Energy Construction Industry
FoundOcean is a world leader in subsea and offshore cementing for the global energy construction industries. Its primary business is fixing structures to the sea bed by foundation grouting. FoundOcean also provides structural repair services for subsea and offshore structures, as well as pipeline and cable support and protection services.
FoundOcean, now a privately held company, was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in the UK. Its specialist subsea and offshore engineering equipment is located for rapid deployment in key energy producing areas of the world, including Europe, the Gulf of Mexico, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Structural pile grouting
FoundOcean’s involvement in the offshore industry dates from the Umm Shaif and Zakum oil fields in the 1960s. The company was the first in the world to develop the process of offshore grouting, a process which is now being used worldwide on a vast number of subsea installations.
This experience was transferred to the North Sea in the early 1970s for the installation of the BP Forties platforms. Since that time, FoundOcean has worked on the successful installation of numerous jacket and template structures in all oil producing areas of the world.
FoundOcean is the leader for pile grouting jacket structures with over 45 years’ experience. It has developed a unique recirculating jet mixer technology to pump grout faster and set harder without harsh chemicals.
Ballasting and underbase grouting for offshore structures
Underbase grouting is used to provide evenly distributed support to gravity-based offshore structures. FoundOcean gained initial experience in underbase grouting and ballasting on the Thistle SALM installation project in 1978. The scope of work included pumping 2,000t of hematite into the base of the structure.
Offshore structural repair and strengthening
Repairs and strengthening for offshore structures may be required for a number of reasons. The most common include fatigue, regulation amendments, collision damage and connecting additional members. FoundOcean provides grouted clamps, stressed grouted clamps and grout-filled tubular to solve each of these issues.
Pipeline support and stabilisation
Pipelines and structures need supporting over stretches of uneven seabed and ravines – this is called free span correction. FoundOcean is your single-source for the design, manufacture and installation of all types of fabric formworks. In fact, it holds the record for deploying the deepest fabric formworks at a depth of 1,224m.
The fabric formworks are a flexible shuttering constructed from woven fabric, which is filled with grout in-situ. The final shape of the support is defined by the shape of the fabric formwork. Fabric formworks may also be used to raise a pipeline or structure by jacking to a desired elevation.
Grout density monitoring systems
Grout density at the skirt pile is measured by an ROV-deployed densitometer, which is inserted into the grout overflowing at the top of the sleeve. The ROV-based system operates on the principle that the radiation emitted by a source and received by a detector is attenuated by the material flowing in the space between the two. The relationship between the degree of attenuation and the material density may be established by the calibration of the density probes.
FoundOcean provides advice on all types of grout monitoring systems, and also designs and constructs the necessary monitoring equipment to suit all types of platforms and templates according to client requirements.
ROV grout connectors
FoundOcean’s unique ROV grout connectors are specifically designed for underwater connection of grout lines. For over 20 years these connectors have been used worldwide in various water depths to reduce onshore fabrication costs and offshore installation costs by eliminating the need to install and remove temporary pipework. This system can be used for both platform and template installation.
Pipeline and cable protection technology
Tides and currents cause erosion of the seabed adjacent to solid objects. This erosion is known as scour and affects the stability and integrity of pipelines, cables and subsea structures.
ScourMat stops erosion and helps to reinstate the seabed around the structure. The ScourMat fronds open out to form a fan-like array, which slows down the local current and causes suspended particulate matter to settle. Over time, the ScourMat becomes engorged with sand and sediment, reinstating the seabed with natural components. This fibre-reinforced bank will then resist further erosion.
Products and Services
Case Study: Deep Water Pipeline Repair
Case Study: Energy Park Fife
FoundOcean secured the 500t four-legged steel jacket foundation for Samsung's 7MW offshore turbine, the world's largest turbine, in 2013.
Case Study: Jacket Stabilisation
Case Study: North Rankin B Pile Grouting
Case Study: Valhall Leg Strengthening
FoundOcean, an experienced service provider of construction and engineering solutions to the offshore energy construction and operating industries, have successfully completed the grouting operations which formed part of the installation of a tidal gauge in the Wash, south of Skegness, UK.Read more
On Tuesday 17 February 2015, FoundOcean and BASF launched an integrated material and service system for the provision of a new high-strength grout, MasterFlow 9800, in Edinburgh, UK.Read more
FoundOcean has signed a strategic agreement with chemicals company BASF.Read more
UK-headquartered subsea grouting firm FoundOcean secured the final foundations for three of Europe's largest offshore wind farms in the second quarter. Once operational, the farms will have a total installed capacity of over 1GW.Read more
FoundOcean is pleased to announce that it has been awarded approved supplier status for offshore grouting services in the Mexican region by state-owned petroleum company PEMEX.Read more
FoundOcean and Delta SubSea have signed a strategic agreement to provide subsea grouting and scour remediation services in Trinidadian and Tobagonian and Venezuelan waters.Read more
FoundOcean has started work on a groundbreaking offshore wind farm off the northeast coast of the UK. The wind farm is using the latest design in Transition Pieces, adopting a bolted flange connection for all of the 73 turbine foundations.Read more
FoundOcean, contracted to SubSea 7, has completed member infill grouting services to strengthen a tubular member of the DPPA Platform situated within Morecambe Bay in the Irish Sea.Read more
FoundOcean, the largest dedicated offshore construction grouting company in the world, today announced the opening of its newest office in Houston, Texas to support its expansion overseas.Read more
FoundOcean, the world's largest dedicated grouting contractor for the energy construction industry, has found a faster way to enable ultra high strength (UHS) grouting for wind farm construction.Read more
FoundOcean has been awarded the contract by Graham Construction to pile grout the foundation for the world's largest offshore wind turbine, developed by Samsung Heavy Industries, in Fife, Scotland.Read more
FoundOcean, the world's largest dedicated offshore construction grouting company, has expanded its range of products and services to include the design and manufacture of their own range of fabric formwork grout bags for subsea applications, by setting up a joint venture with their Indian-based partner Ambico Group.Read more
FoundOcean is a globally recognised subsea grouting specialist, with nearly 50 years' experience in the oil and gas and offshore wind sectors. It is one-third owned by Ambienta SGR, the environmental-sector-focused Italian private equity house.Read more
FoundOcean has completed the installation and grouting for a clamp repair to an 18in pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. Saipem America awarded FoundOcean the contract to repair the damage caused by a vessel's anchor being dragged along the seabed over the pipeline in bad weather, at a water depth of 750m.Read more
FoundOcean has completed the grouting contract for Narec's offshore anemometry hub (NOAH) under contract to SeaRoc.Read more
FoundOcean is exhibiting and speaking at the Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition on 29-30 January at the AECC, Aberdeen.Read more
FoundOcean has been awarded a major offshore wind farm grouting contract in European waters by Offshore Wind Force, a joint venture of Dutch-based contractors Volker Stevin Offshore and Boskalis Offshore.Read more
FoundOcean, a global leader in subsea and offshore grouting, today announced the opening of its new office in Bremen, Germany. Following exceptional growth in the last two years, the company is now expanding to maintain its presence in one of the key markets for the offshore wind industry.Read more
SeaRoc has awarded FoundOcean the grouting contract for Narec's Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH), which is located three nautical miles off the coast of Blyth. The installation will be equipped with a variety of monitoring sensors to collect the necessary environmental data to inform the development, construction and operation of the proposed Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Site.Read more
FoundOcean has significantly grown its services for the repair and strengthening of offshore structuresRead more
FoundOcean has completed foundation grouting for three new platforms in the North Sea. The contracts were awarded by Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC).Read more
FoundOcean is delighted to announce that it has won the Large Project award at the inaugural RenewableUK Energy Awards 2012.Read more
Scottish-based FoundOcean is pleased to announce it has been awarded the contract for the foundation grouting for Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm Limited, UK.Read more
Global leader in subsea and offshore grouting, FoundOcean announces today that its expanded Offshore Service Base in Livingston, Scotland, will see it doubling the number of employees the company has based there, including offshore personnel.Read more
FoundOcean has now completed the offshore foundation grouting at Thornton Bank Offshore Wind Farm Phase II, 30km off the coast of Oostende, Belgium.Read more
FoundOcean is excited to announce the award of the foundation grouting contract for Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm in German waters by RWE Innogy.Read more
FoundOcean has won two North Sea pile grouting contracts for a total of five jacket structures, the installation of which are due to start in the first half of 2012.Read more
FoundOcean Completes Substation Foundation Grouting Operations for Walney Offshore Wind Farm Phase 2
FoundOcean, contracted to Volker Staal en Funderingen BV (VSF), has completed the offshore grouting operations for Walney Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) Phase 2 substation installation. The substation jacket is a four-legged steel structure with one pile sleeve per leg. The jacket was securedRead more
FoundOcean has completed grouting operations for a four-legged wellhead jacket in a greenfield location in the North Sea. The project forms part of a three-year agreement between FoundOcean and Saipem. The jacket is installed in 81m water depth and the grouting took place via a subsea grouting syRead more
FoundOcean has been awarded the offshore grouting contract for a four-legged wellhead jacket in a greenfield location in the North Sea. The award forms part of a three-year agreement between FoundOcean and Saipem UK. The jacket will be installed in 81m water depth and the grouting is via a sub-seRead more
The Penspen Group has been commissioned by Qatargas, a pioneering liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, to develop the detailed design for a new flexible grouted clamp and to produce a set of flexible grouted clamps to enable the quick and effective repair of their large-diameter subsea pipelinesRead more
FoundOcean has been awarded the offshore grouting contract by SBM Offshore for the MOPUstor Phase 2 installation in the Yme Oil Field, North Sea. Grouting equipment has been mobilised and set up on the work vessel, and a suitable work window is awaited prior to mobilisation of the 12-man crew.Read more
FoundOcean has been awarded the freespan correction contract for the Troll P12 Project in the North Sea by Subsea7. FoundOcean will manufacture and install two fabric formwork grout bags to support the expected freespan of the new 36in pipeline at the approach to the Troll A Platform, inRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industries with an Offshore Service Base in Livingston, Scotland, has recently appointed local concrete removal firm Henry Gillies to dispose of solid grout used in onshore trials. As part of its sRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industries, has been contracted by Micoperi to grout the annuli between the jacket sleeves and the piles at The Guendalina Platform, to be installed in the oil and gas field of the North Adriatic Sea. The jRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industries, has undergone a major reorganisation at its UK offshore service base in Livingston as it says farewell to one of the longest serving members of the company, Peter Lauder, who retires after 27 yeRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industries, successfully completed grouting for two projects during September. Ten more jackets for the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm have been secured to the seabed by FoundOcean, totalling 20 of 31,Read more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industries, has won the offshore grouting contract for the North Rankin B (NRB) platform installation, Western Australia, through Heerema Marine Contractors Australia. The North Rankin B jacket isRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industries, is expanding its engineering, operations and offshore grouting teams as a result of the company's rapid growth and significant project wins. The company headquarters will also be moving to new pRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore cementing specialist for the global energy construction industries, has successfully completed five FMD projects, and foundation pile grouting for Petrobel Tuna platform, Maersk Halfdan and BP Norge Vahall. Micoperi chose FoundOcean for the groutingRead more
FoundOcean, the world leader in structural and pipeline grouting services for the subsea industries, has agreed a three-way strategic alliance with Tamboritha, the Australian specialists in underwater technology and ROV-based subsea intervention, and IEV, the subsea engineering group. <Read more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industry, is mobilising to the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm today to commence grouting operations for a large-scale multiple jacket type foundation installation project in UK waters. The Ormonde OffRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore cementing specialist for the global energy construction industries, has successfully completed the Leman jacket repair of Shell Leman AD1 platform, foundation pile grouting for DONG energy Walney Offshore Windfarm Offshore Substation Installation P1, and floodeRead more
FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore construction cementing specialist for the global energy production industry, is expanding its operations and engineering teams at both its headquarters in Marlow, England and its service base in Livingston, Scotland. Jim Bell, managing director of FoRead more
FoundOcean: World Leader in the Provision of Structural and Pipeline Grouting Services for the Oil and Gas Industry
FoundOcean is a specialist offshore engineering company and the world leader in the provision of premium-quality structural and pipeline grouting services for the worldwide oil and gas industry. The company's services include foundation and structural grouting, structural repair and pRead more
Independent producer CNR, working with FoundOcean, a subsea grouting service company, has successfully installed a series of fabric formwork pipeline supports in CNR's Baobab field, Cote d'Ivoire, at a water depth of 1,230m. This is an industry record, beating the previous maximum doRead more
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