Fugro and Petrobras have achieved a major milestone in Brazil’s offshore energy sector by successfully conducting the country’s first-ever remote subsea inspection survey.

The Fugro Aquarius

Source: Fugro

Brazil’s first-ever remote subsea inspection survey was carried out by an ROV deployed from the Fugro Aquarius

This technology trial was carried out by Fugro in collaboration with Petrobras with the aim of minimising risk and improving sustainability during inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) projects.

“This landmark project represents a significant achievement in our ongoing work with Petrobras to support safer and more sustainable offshore energy production in Brazil,” said John Chatten, business development manager for Fugro’s marine operations in Brazil.

“As the country’s foremost provider of ROV services, we look forward to implementing this approach on future surveys and to bringing additional remote and autonomous innovations to the region.”

ROV technology

Fugro utilised a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployed from the Fugro Aquarius to conduct the survey. Office-based personnel piloted the ROV from an operations centre in Aberdeen, Scotland, instead of from the vessel itself.

The approach was informed by Fugro’s remote ROV piloting experience in other parts of the world, and was accomplished using a high-speed datalink provided by Petrobras.

For future projects, remote ROV piloting may help Petrobras limit the number of crew deployed to the field, resulting in safer operations with a reduced carbon footprint.

Fugro has a versatile range of ROVs and tooling to support exploration and production drilling programmes. This includes ROVs on shallow water jack-ups to heavy work class ROVs with extensive tooling packages on deepwater drill ships.