Ennsub to build ROV launch & recovery solution for Ceona Amazon

Ennsub, the independent subsea design, engineering and technology company, has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by leading independent ROV service provider ROVOP.

The deal involves the design and manufacture of two ultra-deepwater workclass ROV launch and recovery systems to be installed into global oil and gas subsea construction specialist Ceona’s new-build multiple lay vessel, the Ceona Amazon.

The scope of work involves the provision of fully integrated deployment systems capable of operating in heavy-weather conditions through the use of high-speed electric winches providing Active Heave Compensation (AHC) capability.

The equipment, which is estimated to take around six months to design and build, will be installed into the Ceona Amazon during Q3 2014 and will start operation in January 2015 when the vessel is due to come into service.

Ennsub’s integrated ROV launch and recovery solutions offer a next generation approach to ROV deployment, particularly in situations where ROV operations are required to support top-tier subsea construction assets such as the Ceona Amazon.

The company offers a range of deep and ultra-deepwater deployment solutions for ROVs, subsea modules and bespoke subsea packages in addition to a suite of pipeline installation-related products and pipeline repair solutions. It also boasts an operations-led approach to design to suit the specific requirements of its customers.

Scott Macknocher, managing director of Ennsub, said: “Our focus since the inception of Ennsub has been to develop industry-leading equipment and products which reflect the criticality of reliable subsea operations and we believe that this award recognises this ambition.

“We are particularly pleased to be associated with ROVOP whose success is no coincidence given the experience of those involved, their approach to equipment and technology, and their strategy of high-end and focused ROV service provision.”

Ennsub’s contract comes after ROVOP secured a five-year deal with Ceona to provide hydraulic, work-class services on board the company’s fleet of new, purpose-built deepwater pipelay and construction vessels including the Ceona Amazon, Polar Onyx and Normand Pacific.

Barry Stewart, director and general manager at ROVOP, said: “The commitment between ROVOP and Ceona is focused on using the most experienced, expert personnel and best-in-class technology which offers a major step change in the subsea construction market in terms of capability, reliability and quality of service.

“Ennsub, through its innovative approach to the design and manufacture of launch and delivery products, was a natural fit because they share our vision and values. Like ROVOP, they’re an agile company which works to gain a thorough understanding of what the end user needs.”

ROVOP is deploying HD (heavy duty) and UHD (ultra-heavy duty) hydraulic work-class ROV systems, manufactured by FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics, from its growing fleet of modern ROVs to Ceona. These ROVs represent the most technologically-advanced ROV systems available in the market, including a modular design that significantly improves repair and maintenance times, as well as providing a range of “auto-pilot” style functions that improve safety and efficiency.

Ceona’s long-term chartered Polar Onyx, which was officially christened last month, along with the Ceona Amazon and Normand Pacific vessels are due to come into service in April 2014 and January 2015 respectively.

The Ceona Amazon can lay rigid, flexible pipelines and umbilicals, risers and install large subsea structures using one or both of its 400t cranes in tandem lift mode.

The Amazon’s combination of capacities, spool base independent pipe lay, heavy lift and subsea construction make her a unique vessel capable of executing all aspects of SURF projects. She is designed to operate in remote logistically challenging locations, be weather resilient, and technically versatile. The Amazon is a project and field development platform meeting the needs of today’s and future field developments.


Press Release, April 22, 2014


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