LUXEMBOURG –Subsea 7 has completed the first tests of its autonomous inspection vehicle. The field trials were for Shell in the UK North Sea from the Normand Subsea. The AIV is a proprietary Subsea 7 design.
“The AIV is an exciting new technology and we are very pleased to support Subsea 7 in these final stages of its development,” said Peter Griffiths, subsea engineering team lead at Shell. “We look forward to the completion of the Shell new technology integration process and anticipate further collaboration to aim for eventual AIV deployment to enhance Shell’s UK continental shelfasset integrity surveillance.”
“We are delighted with the achievements made on this first trial at an offshore facility,” said Graham Sharland, vice president, Life of Field, Subsea 7. “We are grateful to Shell for their support and commitment in helping Subsea 7 and our development partner, SeeByte, bring this technology to the oil and gas sector. Maintaining subsea asset integrity is of prime importance to our clients and the AIV is one example of where Subsea 7 can bring new technology to meet this objective.”