MMT US, a subsidiary of the Swedish marine survey specialist, will be sending its Stril Explorer vessel, equipped with the innovative high-speed Surveyor Interceptor SROV, to survey the New England lease area owned by Equinor in summer 2020.
The contract covers high resolution geophysical, benthic surveys and shallow subsurface surveys for the planning and engineering of Equinor’s lease area offshore New England. Survey operations are expected to commence in late summer 2020 and are expected to run continuously through to Q2 2021.
P-O Sverlinger, CEO MMT says, “This award is strategically important as MMT/Reach has been preparing to support our clients in the US offshore wind industry for more than two years now. We have a long experience from the Renewables segment in Europe and developers have shown interest in using our professional support in the US market. They know what we can deliver and we know their requirements on both a safe and efficient operation and the quality of deliverables.”
Stril Explorer Offshore Survey and ROV Vessel
Stril Explorer is a DP2 multi-purpose support vessel with a helideck and 70 berths. It is suitable for launch and recovery operations with ROVs, ROTVs, AUVs and carries advanced geotechnical equipment. It has a length of 76.40 m, a beam of 16.2 m and is equipped with a gymnasium/game room, sauna and outside built-in swimming pool.
SROV Surveyor Interceptor has been developed by MMT and Reach Subsea with the aim of revolutionizing geophysical surveys. For this project, the use of the SROV onboard the Stril Explorer will significantly increase the operational window, cut operation time, and reduce the impact on the surrounding wildlife by reducing the noise in the water column. This method will also allow all surveys to be conducted from a single vessel rather than the standard two-vessel deployment. Since its introduction in 2015, the Surveyor Interceptor has gained a proven track record for Equinor and other clients by providing improved survey data quality at a higher speed than any other survey platform.
To achieve all the offshore wind data requirements, the Surveyor Interceptor will be developed further to include even more sensors through the continuous research and development efforts by MMT and Reach.
Jostein Alendal, CEO Reach Subsea comments, “This major award is a testament to the combined capabilities of Reach and MMT, our track record worldwide, and our ability to develop innovative solutions. To be in the technological forefront demands a good portion of stamina and it is encouraging for the whole team to get this recognition from a leading operator like Equinor. This type of big volume challenges really gives a push to our drive to always take the next step into the future of digitalization and emission free operations. Offshore installations in all forms will increase in the coming years and mapping of the entire seafloor has just started, exciting times ahead.”
The US offshore wind market is probably the most rapidly-developing renewable energy sector in the world.
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