Thai ROV partnership launched

June 23, 2014

Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company (PTTEP) has agreed a partnership to develop ROVs to be used for marine environmental studies, as part of oil and gas exploration activities. 

The cooperation marks the first time ever in Thailand that ROV is developed for the environmental purpose, said PTTEP.

The partners are: the Training Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/TD), King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) and the Institute of Marine Science of Burapha University. 

PTTEP said: "PTTEP has firstly initiated to use ROV for the marine environmental study at the company’s wellhead platforms in the Gulf of Thailand apart from the inspection and maintenance purposes. The functionality of ROV is to measure and monitor the marine environment and marine habitats from the real time data, resulting in increasing the incredibility. To ensure that the project will meet the requirements of all stakeholders and PTTEP’s petroleum exploration and production (E&P) is environmental friendly, the academic institutions and community are welcomed to engage in the cooperation."

Under the one-year cooperation starting from June, 2014, SEAFDEC/TD supports ROV for the development, while KMUTNB will design, develop and install additional tools to function ROV as per the project’s objectives. KURDI is responsible for the measurement of the marine environment, whereas the Institute of Marine Science of Burapha University handles the marine biodiversity study. 



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