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    Well Ops (UK) Ltd adds autonomous diving capability

    News // July 9, 2004
    Well Ops (UK) Limited (WOUK) has announced that they commenced their first saturation diving job in the UKCS recently as an autonomous diving contractor.

    The move to add this autonomous diving capability is to allow WOUK to lower the operating cost of the Seawell and thereby create more value for customers on well operations jobs. This added capability will also enable WOUK to better fill utilization gapswith diving projects which also helps optimise the overall cost base for well operations activity which is the primary focus of the Seawell.

    Since the formation of WOUK and the purchase of the Seawell in July 2002 WOUK has been undertaking extensive preparations to be an autonomous diving contractor. These preparations are now complete and this is the first diving job undertaken by WOUK sincetheir agreement with Technip Offshore UK Ltd for the provision of diving services on Seawell expired on the 5th March 2003.

    The period between the purchase of the vessel and the expiration of the contract with Technip has been a busy one for Well Ops who have used to time to purchase and develop an extensive inventory of new diving equipment, to form and finalise of a comprehensive diving management system and to recruit key diving personnel.

    The management of the preparations has included a focus on addressing the problems facing diving contractors associated with diving amongst drillcuttings (and the subsequent risk of bell contamination) and compliance with the medical contingency arrangements specified in DMAC 28.

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