ROVOP recruits new staff after $4m subsea contract wins

A ROVOP system being launched
A ROVOP system being launched

ROVOP – the Aberdeen-based independent subsea (ROV) operator – is set to increase its US workforce as a result of further business growth, including recent contract wins in the Gulf of Mexico.

The growth follows the successful completion of a pipeline installation campaign in Mexico with Drebbel de Mexico, which has led to follow-on work.

The initial project with Drebbel involved the use of an ROV for concrete mattress installation for the first time in Mexican waters.

As a result, ROVOP and Drebbel will work together again on another new scheme with a large multi-national service operator to provide ROV services for pre-lay survey, riser inspection and crossing fabrication with concrete mattresses.

In support of these project wins, ROVOP – which currently employs around 135 people globally – continues to actively recruit for its full service base in Houston and anticipates increasing its workforce in Texas by up to 10% this year. 

This latest success closely follows the firm’s recent announcement that it had secured more than $4 million in contract wins spanning the North Sea and other oil basins.

Wayne Betts, President of ROVOP’s Houston operations, said: “We are particularly pleased with our performance in the initial contract with Drebbel because – with safety being of paramount importance –  precisely positioning the mattresses in zero visibility meant that we eliminated the risk to divers by deploying one of our high-performance ROVs and expert operators.”

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