Dutch geological survey firm Fugro has performed a full remote inspection of an oil and gas platform in the UK waters.
The inspection, which the company claims is a first for the UK sector, has been conducted using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and Fugro’s remote operations centre (ROC) in Aberdeen.
The entire jacket structure of the platform, located 250km east of Scotland, has been inspected remotely.
This operation demonstrated the company’s capabilities in performing remote operations.
Fugro Europe IRM services director Karl Daly said: “This innovative approach allowed for efficient scope delivery and demonstrates to all our clients the opportunities for maximising operational windows while reducing offshore HSSE exposure, which is always important but even more so during the current pandemic.”
The company said that it initially planned to trial the remote inspection provision of the platform during the campaign.
Due to Covid-19, only one engineer with offshore inspection expertise was present to mobilise the platform.
Fugro’s Aberdeen ROC based inspection engineers were brought in to help deliver the whole project remotely on-time.
According to the company, the ROV was equipped with dedicated remote systems for visual inspection, cathodic protection, as well as flooded member detection.
The Dutch firm also transacted a component orientated anomaly-based inspection system (COABIS) database across the offshore and onshore locations.
This allowed the company’s client and ROC staff to access data acquired by the remotely operated vehicle in ‘near real-time’.
Last month, Fugro completed the first phase of its offshore site investigation for LNG firm Qatargas’ North Field ‘production sustainability compression’ phase.
In June, Fugro secured an inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contract from Seamec to support the latter’s asset management project for India’s ONGC.