HOUSTON – Benthic has launched PROD5, the next generation of its portable, remotely operated drill.
To increase productivity and cut costs for the offshore renewable energy industry, the company says that PROD5 has radical new functionality, including nearly double the tool load of previous systems and a drill enhancement package. First deployment is expected in 3Q 2022.
The larger tool load is said to enable casing to approximately 100 m below seabed when sampling and about 150 m below seabed when performing cone penetration tests. This has been achieved by increasing the size of the two magazines which hold a range of geotechnical tools that can be withdrawn by a loading arm and pushed or drilled into the seabed.
Although designed for shallow-water wind developments, Benthic says that the PROD5 drill module is also suitable for deepwater operations, as the depth rating is increased from 3000 to 4000 m.