HOUSTON–Benthic has won a contract from Neptune Marine Services Ltd. for an offshore geotechnical investigation to collect seabed geotechnical data off the coast of north Western Australia. The study is in anticipation of placement of a jackup drilling rig.
Operating from theNor Captain, Benthic’s portable remotely operated drill (PROD) will perform rotary drilling and piston coring, and in-situ testing, using a piezo-cone penetrometer to identify the soil conditions and geotechnical properties. PROD will penetrate to minimum depths of 30 m (99 ft) below the mudline, in water depths of 100 m (328 ft). Interpretive geotechnical data reports will be provided to Neptune following laboratory sample testing.