DeepOcean to provide AUV service on Libra fieldVessel & ROV News // March 10, 2015
Axa Engenharia Submarina Ltda (AXA), a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has been awarded a contract for the provision of geo-hazard surveys on the Libra field by Petróleo Brasileiro SA led consortia, consisting of Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda, Total E&P do Brasil Ltda, CNODC Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda and CNOOC Petroleum Brasil Ltda.
The contract is for the provision of geo-hazard survey on a seafloor area of 1,640km2 in the Libra field.
The field is located in a water depth of approximately 2,000m in the Santos Basin, about 230km of the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Surveys will be performed with a 3,000m-rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The AUV is capable of delivering high resolution high quality HISAS bathymetry and sidescan sonar data for Sub Bottom Profiling (SBP) at high speeds.
AUV operations will be supported by the survey support vessel Tau, which will be chartered by DeepOcean.
The contract will commence as soon as the AUV's current commitments have been completed.