Acergy Expands ROV Fleet

Schilling Robotics announced that Acergy has purchased two Schilling ultraheavy-duty hydraulic ROVs.

These 150-shp, 3000-m ROV systems, which are based on Schilling’s UHD™ ROV, will add power, flexibility, and enhanced vehicle control and intervention capability to Acergy’s remote intervention fleet.

Acergy performs subsea construction tasks worldwide. Its core business consists of installing umbilical, riser, and flowline (URF) systems and also providing subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) services for oil and gas fields. Increasingly for these tasks, ROV power, control, and versatility are key requirements.

Schilling says that the UHD technology can maneuver heavy loads under close control. The ROV uses modular components and offers a digital telemetry system with expandable plug ’n’ play capability. The ROV also applies remote intervention interfaces, which reportedly permit rapid reconfiguration between tasks.

The new ROV systems are the product of a collaboration between the two companies to produce a new fleet vehicle for Acergy. The ROV systems have all the core UHD technologies, but they also incorporate features to enhance operational efficiency by allowing simple and flexible configuration for mission-specific tasks.

"We’re very pleased about partnering with Acergy to create these ROV systems," says Tyler Schilling, CEO of Schilling Robotics. "Because Acergy has extensive experience in designing, configuring, and operating ROVs, they understand the value of the advanced UHD technology and modular design. They also have terrific insight into component layout, frame design, and use of tooling packages."

Acergy's ROV systems will be installed aboard the Polar Queen, which the company recently chartered for deepwater flexible pipelay and subsea construction tasks worldwide. The ROVs will support this work in depths up to 2000 meters. Both systems will be delivered in November 2006.

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