DeepOcean will deliver a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study as part of a programme to develop a trenching system for subsea pipelines, flowlines and umbilicals in ice scour environments.

The project will be undertaken in four phases on behalf of Canada-based Intecsea, and will investigate and develop a commercially-ready, pipeline trenching system for the burial of pipelines, flowlines and umbilicals in various soil types.

A four-month first phase study will be undertaken by DeepOcean, which will define its proposed technology solution for Arctic trenching.

The trenching system must meet a number of stringent criteria including for use in harsh marine conditions, operations in water depths beyond the majority of current trenching requirements, trenching in difficult and highly variable soil conditions and to trench depths greater than current industry norms.

It also will establish how the system will meet and fulfill specified functional requirements.

Pierre Boyde, DeepOcean UK commercial director, said: "DeepOcean is pleased to be taking part in the first phase of this JIP, and hopeful that its in-house expertise and significant track record will help the company become a continued partner throughout this R&D programme."

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