Dutch global geological survey firm Fugro has opened a remote operations centre (ROC) in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi to ensure delivery of remote and autonomous solutions.

Services from the ROC will be provided for clients in the Middle East and India region.

The operations centre is the latest addition to the Dutch firm’s global network of ROCs.

Fugro now has eight operating centres across four regions.

Fugro Middle East and India Marine Asset Integrity director David Washbrook said: “Successfully conducting these remote and autonomous operations from our new ROC in Abu Dhabi is a huge step that is truly advancing marine operations.

“Our remote solutions allow our clients to upgrade working processes that have been the same for decades and, as a result, derisk their projects, improve safety, optimise maintenance programmes and extend operational life of their assets.”

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By combining the capabilities of the new remote operations centre with Fugro’s uncrewed surface vessel operations, the company’s teams can perform offshore work from onshore, allowing faster delivery of the projects.

In a press statement, Fugro stated: “The opening of the ROC in Abu Dhabi was well timed, as client projects became subject to local travel and personnel restrictions implemented in response to the pandemic.”

Fugro noted that it is deploying remote solutions in the Middle East ‘to circumvent social distancing measures’ in order to allow ‘vital marine site characterisation’.

In September, Fugro secured a fourth consecutive contract from India’s state-owned firm ONGC to provide integrated survey services.