Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has delivered two work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) sales to Brazilian marine engineering company Oceanica Engenharia e Consultoria Limitada (Oceanica) to support its deepwater intervention operations and strengthen its offering to the energy sector.
The systems were manufactured at FET’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire and delivered in the first half of 2022.
FET supplied two Perry XLX-C work-class ROV systems, both designed to deliver high performance in challenging subsea environments adding fresh capability to the Oceanica fleet.
The 3,000-metre rated compact 200-HP XLX-C delivers high performance in a small form factor. The systems were supplied with active heave compensated Dynacon launch and recovery systems, as well as associated surface power and control installations.
FET has increased the power available on the ROV to suit the current specifications required by Oceanica and its prospective clients. It boasts an impressive high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic circuit, paired with a high payload capacity to carry additional tools and sensors.
The ROV systems will be utilised by Oceanica to support inspection, repair, and maintenance services in Petrobras’ oilfields.
These new orders follow the successful integration of a Perry XLX delivered to Oceanica in 2020. This marked the first time Rio De Janeiro based company added a work-class ROV to its fleet in its 40-year history.
Kevin Taylor, FET’s vice president – subsea vehicles, says, “We are very pleased that Oceanica has returned to purchase an additional two work-class ROVs from FET to increase its fleet following the successful sea trails of the initial XLX asset for a Petrobras project. These work-class ROVs are ideally suited to the deep and ultra-deep waters found offshore Brazil and can provide the required operational resilience, reliability, and performance standards expected in such a safety-critical sector.”
“I’m also very proud that our team’s flexibility has ensured the sea trials could progress despite obstacles presented by global coronavirus restrictions. We have continued to strengthen our footprint in Brazil and this second contract with Oceanica is a testament to our high-quality equipment and skilled personnel,” Taylor adds.
Andre Juca de Melo, Oceanica’s director says, “For the past 40 years, Oceanica has been a leading provider of subsea construction, inspection, and maintenance services in Brazil. Transitioning into deeper waters is a natural development to us. Our first experience with Perry ROVs has proven successful so we continue to invest in state-of-the-art equipment in our pursuit to become the main subsea contractor in Brazil.”
FET is known globally for manufacturing high quality, robust ROVs and associated auxiliary products for a number of industries ranging from oil and gas to renewables, defence, mining, and telecommunications.