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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.

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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.

A FoundOcean deployment frame prior to fabric formwork deployment in the Gulf of Mexico.
FoundOcean grouting a monopile transition piece at the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm.
FoundOcean's recirculating jet mixers (RJM) being tested and readied for mobilisation to a project.
FoundOcean grout the annulus between the sleeve and pile to secure the jacket foundation to the sea bed.
Deploying fabric formworks – FoundOcean holds the world record for the deepest deployed formworks at 1,244m depth off the Ivory Coast. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Installation of a grouted clamp for structural repair and strengthening.
FoundOcean recently carried out foundation grouting operations on the Ekofisk 24L and 24Z platforms.
FoundOcean's unique ROV grout connectors are specifically designed for underwater connection of grout lines. These have become industry standard.

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.

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.

South Pars

The South Pars field located in Iran is the northern extension of Qatar’s giant North Field. It covers an area of 500 square miles and is located 3,000m below the seabed at a water depth of 65m.

Valhall Oilfield, North Sea

The Valhall field was discovered in 1975 and came online in 1982. It is operated by BP, which holds a 35.95% interest while the remaining 64.05% interest is held by Hess Norge.

Ekofisk II

The original Ekofisk area development consisted of eight oil and gas fields, namely Cod, Ekofisk, West Ekofisk, Tor, Albuskjell, Eldfisk, Edda and Embla.

Ebouri Field

Ebouri oil field is part of the Etame Marin concession located offshore Gabon in West Africa. The field lies at a depth

Buzzard Field

The Buzzard field is located in the Outer Moray Firth, central North Sea, 100km north-east of Aberdeen, UK, and 55km from the coast at Peterhead.

Clair Field, Shetlands

When it was discovered in 1977, the Clair field was the largest discovered but undeveloped hydrocarbon resource on the U

Espoir Field, Block CI-26

The Espoir field lies in Ivory Coast block CI-26, 19km offshore south of Jacqueville, and 60km south-west of Abidjan.

Snøhvit Gas Field

The Snøhvit development comprises three fields – Snøhvit, Albatross and Askeladd. These lie in the Baren

Jade Oil and Gas Platform

The high-pressure / high-temperature Jade field is located in block 30 / 2c of the UK North Sea, 17.7km north of the Judy project.

Jotun Oil and Gas Field Project

The Jotun field is located on the Utsira High, between the Balder and Heimdal fields, approximately 200km west of Stavanger, Norway.

Bruce Phase II, North Sea

The Bruce field was originally developed under phase I, using two bridge-linked platforms, both connected to the main 32in Frigg trunkline by a 6km, 32in-diameter gas-export pipeline taking gas to the St Fergus Terminal.

Gannet Oil and Gas Field Project

Since the original field was first discovered in 1973, a number of satellite fields have been tied into the Gannet facilities. In mid-1999, the latest phase saw Gannet G going into production with a £40m project.

FoundOcean at OTC 2016

FoundOcean will be attending Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2016, which will be taking place in Houston, Texas, US.

22 March 2016

Operations Complete on The Wash

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.

26 August 2015

FoundOcean Goes Even Deeper

FoundOcean's deepwater capabilities were demonstrated once again when Subsea 7 called on them to develop and execute grouting procedures for operations at 5,300ft (1,615m) in the Gulf of Mexico.

22 July 2015

FoundOcean to Secure Solan Oilfield Foundations

Offshore grouting contractor FoundOcean has been awarded two contracts by Heerema Marine Contractors and Bibby Offshore for the Solan oilfield development to the west of the Shetlands in the North Sea.

17 April 2014

FoundOcean Leads Latest UK Wind Industry Development

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.

25 November 2013

FoundOcean Opens Middle East Office

FoundOcean, the largest dedicated offshore construction grouting company in the world, today announced its further overseas expansion with the opening of its newest office, in the Middle East.

18 November 2013

FoundOcean Awarded Joint DNV Accreditations

FoundOcean, a world leader in subsea and offshore foundation grouting for the global energy construction industries, has been awarded two significant accreditations from independent auditing body DNV.

6 August 2013

FoundOcean Sets Up Joint Venture to Manufacture Fabric Formworks

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.

7 May 2013

FoundOcean at the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Site

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.

26 March 2013

FoundOcean Completes Installation and Grouting for Saipem America

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.

25 February 2013

FoundOcean Awarded Contract for Narec’s Offshore Anemometry Hub

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.

1 November 2012

FoundOcean Opens Expanded Offshore Service Base in Scotland

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.

29 March 2012

Penspen Starts Work with Qatargas on Flexible Grouted Clamps

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 pipelines

8 March 2011

FoundOcean is Awarded Troll A Pipeline Stabilisation Project

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, in

21 February 2011

FoundOcean is Awarded Guendalina Platform Contract by Micoperi

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 j

31 January 2011

FoundOcean Reorganises its UK Offshore Service Base Operations

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 ye

24 November 2010

Projects Completed by FoundOcean in September 2010

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,

30 September 2010

Major Contract Win for FoundOcean in Western Australia

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 is

28 September 2010

FoundOcean Expands its Operations and Engineering Teams

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 p

26 September 2010

FoundOcean Completes Offshore Projects

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 grouting

28 July 2010

FoundOcean Announces Three-Way Strategic Alliance in Australia

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. <

26 July 2010

Industry First for FoundOcean and CNR International

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 do

3 May 2009

FoundOcean Ltd (UK headquarters)

Liston Exchange
Liston Court
United Kingdom

FoundOcean, Inc.

11490 Westheimer
Suite 850
Texas, 77077
United States of America

FoundOcean UAE

14th Floor Gold Tower
Cluster I, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
PO Box 487286
United Arab Emirates

FoundOcean South East Asia

Dataran Hamodal, Block B, Level 2
No.4, Jalan Bersatu 13/4
Kuala Lumpur
Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, 46200

UK - Offshore Service Base

Units 3 & 4 Telford Square Business Park
Livingston, West Lothian
Telford Sq, Houston Ind Estate
Scotland, EH54 5PQ
United Kingdom

Hai Feng Asia

Rm 1204, Block A
Heychang Garden
Guang An Men Wai Da Jie
China 100055


FoundOcean India

#205-208 Rushabh Complex
Dalia Industrial Area
Andheri (W)
Plot No. D8, Opp Fun Republic
Mumbai 400053

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