Fife-based ROV specialist launches new mattress recovery decommissioning tool

The UTROV mattress removal tool
The UTROV mattress removal tool

Fife-based Utility ROV Services has developed a new mattress recovery tool for the oil and gas decommissioning market.

The tool has been designed to recover concrete mattresses that have been installed extensively in oil and gas fields to protect subsea piping.

The company started developing the tool in response to challenges identified by Decom North Sea around the safe and efficient recovery of some 40,000 concrete mattresses in use throughout the North Sea. 

The recovery tool will be deployed from the company’s UTROV system; a remotely operated tool carrier which is suspended from a surface vessel via a load bearing umbilical. Once mobilised the UTROV can be furnished with a number of specially designed tools to carry out subsea cutting, dredging and handling operations.

The addition to the company’s technology portfolio comes just a few months after URS announced a £6m investment in new equipment for the energy industry.

URS Managing Director, Patrick Crawford said: “Over the past few years our R&D activity has focused entirely on developing innovative solutions that will drive cost efficiency and improve processes.

“We looked at the challenges facing the sector and considered how our existing systems could be enhanced to address these challenges and add real value to the decommissioning sector.

“With Oil and Gas UK Decommissioning Insight report suggesting this week that the market is very much an emerging one, we’re delighted to be ahead of the curve and in a position to deliver a full package of options to operators for use from early 2017.”

The company completed a series of equipment trials at the Subsea Protection Systems facility in Dundee and expects the tool to be deployed on the first decommissioning project early next year. 

Set up just three years ago, the company now employs more than 30 people.

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