Fugro has secured three contracts to deploy its Q1400 trenching systems in the North Sea over the next 12 months.

The company will deploy the trenching system at the Wintershall-owned Maria development in the North Sea’s Norwegian sector under a contract with Subsea 7.

Fugro will also deploy its Q1400 system at Det norske’s Ivar Aasen development for Emas Chiyoda Subsea this month.

The trencher will operate in jetting mode for burial of pipelines, power cables and umbilicals for these two projects.

"The trencher will operate in jetting mode for burial of pipelines, power cables and umbilicals for these two projects."

The company also secured a contract in the UK sector with Bibby Offshore for its Q1400 trencher, which will operate in jetting and cutting modes to bury a new umbilical at the BP ETAP redevelopment.

Fugro Subsea Services construction and installation manager Mike Daniel said: "Since launching the Q1400 system in 2012, Fugro has successfully completed numerous trenching projects at oil and gas developments and more recently at offshore wind developments.

"We are looking forward to continuing to demonstrate how our trenching capabilities can bring benefits to clients in both sectors."

Fugro’s Q1400 trenching system comprises a common trenching module and separate tracked jetting and mechanical cutting skids, with a launch and recovery system (LARS).

The system is capable of free flying in jetting mode and operating in water depths of up to 3,000m and has 1,475 available horsepower with two 400kW high-pressure pumps up to 15bar and 2,000m³ an hour.

It also has the capability to deploy an additional backwash tool or eduction, and a tool to create backfill in soft clays.