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November 7, 2019

RusselSmith to use Saab Seaeye electric ROV for subsea operations

Nigeria-based oilfield services provider RusselSmith has added Saab Seaeye’s Cougar XT electric underwater robotic vehicle to its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) fleet.

Nigeria-based oilfield services provider RusselSmith has added Saab Seaeye’s Cougar XT electric underwater robotic vehicle to its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) fleet.

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Saab Seaeye’s vehicle is expected to enhance RusselSmith’s offshore deepwater operations. The Cougar XT electric underwater robotic vehicle will meet RusselSmith’s existing and estimated subsea undertakings, including repairs and maintenance, inspection, light construction work and drill support.

RusselSmith CEO Kayode Adeleke said: “It is a powerful, highly manoeuvrable and capable ROV and we believe it will add a lot of value to our subsea operations.”

The company said it will fully explore the technological potency of the underwater robotic vehicle.

RusselSmith Solutions & Market Development director Effiong Okwong said: “Its small footprint makes it easy to mobilise and operate from smaller vessels, bringing significant savings in terms of time and cost. This will be of great benefit to our customers.”

According to Saab Seaeye, the 2,000m rated Cougar XT vehicle offers ‘unrivalled power and manoeuvrability’. It can also handle a variety of heavy tooling and sensors. Each of its six thrusters is interfaced to a fast-acting control system that, according to the company, gives greater control and response than any other robotic vehicle of its class on the market.

RusselSmith’s Cougar XT package also includes a tether management system (TMS) for the ROV and an ‘A’ frame launch and recovery system (LARS) upgraded to Zone II. It also includes a 20ft combined control cabin and workshop in the ROV.

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