Oceaneering International’s subsidiary has secured a technology development contract from Statoil Petroleum.

The contract covers development, manufacturing, testing, and mobilisation of a self-contained, battery-powered work class remotely operated vehicle (E-ROV) system deployed on the seabed.

This system will interface with Oceaneering’s onshore Mission Support Center through a 4G mobile broadband signal transmitted from a buoy on the water’s surface, without a surface vessel required onsite.

Oceaneering in Norway vice president and country manager Erik H Sæstad said: “We are pleased Statoil has given us the opportunity to develop a revolutionary, battery-powered work class E-ROV system.

“This award provides opportunities for continuous improvements and developments that will create increased value for both parties.

“We will use our Oceaneering eNovus work class ROV and new technology to supply the required battery power and communication links needed to support the project.”

Oceaneering’s workshop in Stavanger, Norway, will immediately commence development, manufacturing, and pool testing.

"We will use our Oceaneering eNovus work class ROV and new technology to supply the required battery power and communication links needed to support the project."

In May, an offshore mobilisation test of the system will be conducted.

The test will see the E-ROV system being deployed and recovered from a Statoil-operated IMR vessel at the Troll field in the North Sea.

This system will perfrom specific subsea operations, while Oceaneering will maintain uninterrupted control from its onshore mission support centre in Stavanger.

Oceaneering is a provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. 


Image: Oceaneering is a provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry. Photo: courtesy of Oceaneering International, Inc.