Nov 12, 2012– Bergen, Norway (Techreleased) – Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical (RSPU) began mobilising the innovative Q1000 trencher onto the Reef Despina in late October at the Port of Sunderland (Newcastle upon Tyne, England). During the trials, the Q1000 was tested in multiple conditions and RSPU has confirmed that all functions on the Trenching ROV are satisfactorily operating to the design specification.
Only last month, the trencher was delivered to Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical following ten months of design and build in collaboration with manufacturer SMD, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. On 4 October, a launch ceremony gathered key players of the Oil & Gas and Renewables industry sectors who had the opportunity to look at the Q1000 in detail and discuss its capabilities with RSPU management.
The Q1000 is a modern free flying ROV jet trencher, which can operate in water depths up to 2000 metres and in a variety of soil conditions. The trencher has 1000hp installed power and is ideally suited to the burial of rigid and flexible pipelines, umbilicals and cables for the oil and gas, renewables, power, telecommunications and subsea defence sectors, to 3 metres trench depth.
Tim Sheehan, Chief Operating Officer of the Reef Subsea Group, stated: “The successful completion of the sea trials confirms our initial choice for a powerful and versatile seabed trencher able to deliver reliable and quick solutions to both the Oil & Gas and Renewables sectors. We have lots of discussions at the moment with clients and we are happy to see that the Trencher has immediately raised the attention of several players from both markets.”
Daryl Lynch, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, said: “We are delighted that the Q1000 trencher performed so well during its offshore trials. Reef Subsea believes it is vital to invest in real world trials to ensure the machine is operating to specification before it begins work for our clients.”
Reef Subsea is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services – IRM and construction, installation and burial and dredging and excavation – to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deep-water or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle-East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.