Dutch global geological survey firm Fugro has secured a contract to support subsea well decommissioning performed by the semi-submersible Well-Safe Guardian.

The three-year contract was awarded by UK-based subsea well decommissioning specialist Well-Safe Solutions.

Under the contract scope, Fugro will provide remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services, rig positioning and remote operations for the decommissioning process.

All these services will be controlled by the company’s remote operations centre in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Fugro ROV service line director Kevin Chambers said: “I am delighted to announce this contract award with Well-Safe Solutions. Our teams’ skills and experience in plug and abandonment and the decommissioning of offshore wells perfectly complement the expertise of Well-Safe Solutions.

“We will also add value through our extensive knowledge of marine asset integrity.”

The company said remote access from the onshore team will minimise the number of Fugro personnel required onboard the Well-Safe Guardian drilling rig, which would help with efficiency and safety.

Well-Safe Solutions CEO Phil Milton said: “Following an extensive tender process, we are pleased to award this contract to Fugro for ROV, rig positioning and remote operations.

“The capabilities of their offering will enable Well-Safe Solutions to maximise overall operational efficiency and delivery for our clients at a cost-effective rate, while maintaining close commercial alignment.”

Last month, Fugro announced a partnership with technology company Sea-Kit International to develop drone ships for inspection vessel deployment.

In February 2020, Fugro secured a contract from Aker Energy for the Pecan field, offshore Ghana. This followed Aker Energy’s discovery of oil in the Pecan South-1A well the previous year.