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    Fugro reports successful wire cutting operation with ROV

    Vessel & ROV News // May 27, 2005
    Working on behalf of Apache Energy and working in association with Ocean Technix and AMOG Consulting, Fugro Survey has successfully used its work horse ROV, the 100hp Sealion, to help cut through a 30in wellhead casing and stuck running tool. The projectinvolved the fast track design, fabrication, testing, and operation of a purpose built diamond wire cutting frame complete with all hydraulics.

    Apache Energy was the driving force behind the project and was the catalyst in getting all parties together to come up with this very innovative approach in a very short time period to remove the stuck running tool.

    Fugro's 100hp Sealion Workclass ROV onboard the Ocean Patriot was used to control and observe the cutting progress 60m below the ocean surface. The ROV controlled the cutting wire tension during the cutting operation.

    Fugro's ROV Manager Terry Blake and Keith Clay of Ocean Technix said he was "delighted" with the design and the results achieved during the whole operation, and noted that, using this collaborative approach, the client received a cost effective and innovative solution that minimised expensive rig standby time.

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