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    Q1000 trencher completes trials

    Vessel & ROV News // November 13, 2012

    Reef Subsea's subsidiary, Reef Subsea Power and Umbilical Ltd, has successfully completed a series of offshore trials on its recently launched Q1000 trenching ROV.

    The capabilities of the trencher and its Launch & Recovery System (LARS) were tested to prove they are capable of operating as per their design specification.

    Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical (RSPU) began mobilising the Q1000 on Reef Despina in late October at the Port of Sunderland.

    During the trials, the Q1000 was tested in multiple conditions and RSPU has confirmed that all functions on the trenching ROV are satisfactorily operating to the design specification.

    The trencher was delivered to Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical following 10 months of design and build in collaboration with manufacturer SMD.

    On 4 October, a launch ceremony gathered key players of the Oil & Gas and Renewables industry sectors who had the opportunity to look at the Q1000 in detail and discuss its capabilities with RSPU management.

    The Q1000 is a modern free-flying ROV jet trencher, which can operate in water depths up to 2000 metres and in a variety of soil conditions.

    The trencher has 1,000hp of installed power and is ideally suited to the burial of rigid and flexible pipelines, umbilicals and cables for the oil and gas, renewables, power, telecommunications and subsea defence sectors, to 3m trench depth.


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