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M² Subsea inks Nord Stream 2, Baltic Sea work

Written by  OE Staff Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:43

The Go Electra, from M2 Subsea.

M² Subsea secured its first contract award that will see the firm supply the Go Electra vessel, ROVs and personnel to support survey work on the world’s longest subsea pipeline system.

The company, which has bases in Aberdeen and Houston, has been subcontracted by Next Geosolutions, an independent geoscience and engineering service provider, to deliver the campaign in the Baltic Sea for the Nord Stream 2 project. The contract is valued in excess of US$1.3 million (£1 million).

Next Geosolutions was appointed to carry out unexploded ordnance identification (UXO) surveys on the two new pipelines.

The campaign for Nord Stream 2, an extension of the world’s longest pipeline, will be undertaken in an area noted for munitions discoveries following the end of World War II.

To support the 90-day project on the Nord Stream 2, M² Subsea has signed its first charter agreement for the multipurpose support vessel (MSV) the Go Electra, which recently successfully completed its first five-year class inspection.

The scope of work will be project managed from Aberdeen and will see the MSV deployed from Hanko in Finland, and supported by 15 of M² Subsea’s personnel who will carry out the UXO identification work utilizing a Triton XLX 2 Work Class ROV and a Mohican 5 observation/inspection class ROV from the firm’s fleet of 28 assets.

“This contract award from Next Geosolutions is great for the business and a significant scope of work for us to win. It highlights both our personnel and asset capabilities to negotiate what is a very challenging subsea environment,” says M² Subsea CEO Mike Arnold.“Safety is a key factor on every project and in particular where it involves surveying the seabed to identify undiscovered explosive devices for removal. We are very pleased to have chartered the Go Electra, which is a highly specialized vessel for subsea inspection, repair and maintenance work and ideal for supporting the conditions the team and ROVs face in the Baltic.

The Nord Stream twin offshore pipeline system runs from Russia to Germany and measures 1244km in length.

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