Australian oil and gas company Hartshead Resources has awarded a contract to Swiss-based offshore geotechnical data acquisition company Geoquip Marine Operations to carry out survey work at the Anning and Somerville gas fields and pipeline locations offshore UK.

Geoquip plans to use the Geoquip Seehorn, a class 2 dynamic positioning integrated geotechnical survey vessel, for the work programme.

The Geoquip Seehorn is due to be deployed in July to the Anning and Somerville fields within the Seaward production licence P2607 in the Southern Gas basin.

As part of geotechnical survey, Geoquip will validate the seabed and sub-seabed soil conditions to finalise the design and installation of the offshore facilities. This will help to ensure the safe location of the jack-up drilling rig at the two fields.

The survey will cover one 50m borehole at the jacket centres and one 30m borehole at each jack-up location leg centroid.

Geoquip will undertake in-situ geotechnical investigation and laboratory testing of seabed samples collected from selected preferred platform and jack-up drilling rig locations at the fields.

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Hartshead CEO Chris Lewis said: “The phase I development is progressing exceptionally well, with work across platforms, pipelines, wells and offtake moving forward. These are all positive steps along the road to first gas.

“I look forward to submission of our field development plan shortly and environmental statement later this year. I would like to again thank the Hartshead team for all their work moving our development forward and our joint venture partner, RockRose, for their support.”