Subsea equipment provider, Forum Subsea Rentals, placed has a ‘multi-million’ order for high performance acoustic position reference systems produced by Sonardyne International.
Forum Subsea Rentals, a subsidiary of Forum Energy Technologies, said its new equipment will be deployed in their global rental pool but that the majority will be sent to secured field development projects in West and North Africa.
The order includes multiple Ranger 2 GyroUSBL acoustic positioning systems which combine Sonardyne’s 6G acoustic positioning transceiver technology and a Lodestar AHRS sensor in the same mechanical assembly. This system, known as the Optimised Ranger 2 system, can according to specs enable a system accuracy of 0.1% of slant range to be achieved. Forum Subsea said that these systems are ideally suited for quick deployments on vessels and because it does not need USBL calibration to determine the alignment of the ship’s motion sensors to the acoustic transceiver, they provide significant saving in vessel time and operational costs.
Richard Main, Operations and Global Asset Manager for Forum Subsea Rentals, said: “Our continued investment in new products is essential to ensure the long term reliability and dependability of the Forum Subsea Rentals global fleet. Even given the downturn in the industry, demand for Sonardyne 6G equipment remains high and this further investment in the technology will ensure that we are well placed to meet our customers’ requirements and position us well when the market recovers.”
Alan MacDonald, Sales Manager for Sonardyne, said: “Forum Subsea Rentals has long been a rental supplier of Sonardyne equipment and we’re delighted with the continued demand for 6G to support important field development projects. This latest investment demonstrates continued commitment to providing its customers with the best available and lowest risk subsea technology for all their survey and construction campaigns.”