Fugro wraps up first deepwater AUV survey for Shell in Brunei

Dutch geophysical services provider Fugro has completed the first deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) site survey for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).

Fugro Voyager; Image by: Kees Torn; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Fugro said on Friday that the survey was performed in August in water depths of 600 meters using the Fugro Equator, a dedicated geophysical survey vessel, and the Fugro ES-V AUV.

The survey results will be used for planning a drilling program and will provide key inputs for engineering and design studies for pipeline routing and subsea structures in future deepwater field developments.

BSP’s project lead, Bilman Pardomuan Hutabarat, said: “This campaign was the first deepwater survey project for Shell in Brunei and its success will lead to many more deepwater programs.”

Following the site survey, BSP subsequently awarded Fugro the associated geotechnical site investigation and geoconsultancy contract.

According to the company, the project included a review of the geophysical data and desktop study to assist BSP in defining their geotechnical scope of work. Geotechnical drilling vessel Fugro Voyager completed the fieldwork in October 2019.

Jerry Paisley, business line director for the APAC region at Fugro, added: “We are pleased to provide our deepwater site characterization capability to another deepwater field development in the APAC region. BSP has been our client for more than 40 years and part of that success is owed to our unique ‘Triple A’ approach, where we acquire, analyze and advise on geo-data across the full project life cycle.”


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