Blue Ocean Seismic Services secures £10m funding

14 October 2020 (Last Updated October 15th, 2020 09:48)

Blue Ocean Seismic Services (BOSS), which focuses on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles, has secured £10m investment in a Series A funding round.

Blue Ocean Seismic Services secures £10m funding
BOSS is currently developing an autonomous underwater vehicle to conduct offshore seismic surveys. Credit: Blue Ocean Seismic Services.

Blue Ocean Seismic Services (BOSS), which focuses on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles, has secured £10m investment in a Series A funding round.

A group of energy technology and investment companies, including bp Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring, participated in the funding round.

BOSS plans to use the funding to support the ongoing development of an autonomous underwater vehicle for offshore seismic surveys.

The company is working on the development of an integrated system that will use long-endurance self-repositioning autonomous nodes for seismic surveys.

The technology is expected to reduce oil and gas exploration costs and associated risks during such operations. It will also help in reducing survey time and minimising carbon emissions.

Additionally, the deployment of autonomous underwater vehicles is expected to help to identify carbon storages under the seabed.

The three investors are closely associated with the development of the technology.

BOSS managing director and CEO Simon Illingworth said: “This significant investment marks an important milestone in the development of our revolutionary underwater vehicle and we are excited to be opening up a range of new job opportunities in Farnborough.

“This support from major industry innovators serves as a strong endorsement for our technology and vision as we continue our journey to disrupt the marine seismic acquisition sector.

“Through our technology, future customers will be able to explore the subsurface of the ocean whilst substantially reducing risk, carbon emissions, duration and cost, enabling customers to overcome a range of challenges.”

The company has opened its corporate head office, lab and workshop facility in Farnborough, UK.

It also has an office in Perth, Australia, and plans to expand its presence from next year.