Offshore Marine Management (OMM) secured GROW:OffshoreWind funding to build a subsea tool which will reduce project costs and improve health and safety offshore.
The new tool has been designed using OMM’s experiences of working offshore and its technology will bring significant time savings during offshore operations, consequently driving down associated vessel, equipment, vessel and personnel costs.
The subsea tool, which is currently being constructed by Darlington-based Subsea Innovation, will see improvements during the installation phase by removing the need for deep sea divers and separate work class ROVs.
It is expected to be in operation from June 2015 following sea trials.
George Birkett, Resources Manager at OMM, said “We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding from GROW:OffshoreWind. It highlights their commitment to both British innovation and assisting UK businesses, to promote expansion into the offshore energy market.”
The design also took into account the need for the tool to be containerized to enable easy global transportation.
He continued, “We have a great team who have a really clear understanding of the needs and the added benefits this will bring to both the industry, our clients and to OMM. The collaboration with Subsea Innovation signifies the UK’s specialist subsea capability and our aptitude to deliver out of the box thinking.”