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    Fugro's Sealion ROV cuts wellhead casing

    Vessel & ROV News // April 1, 2005
    Fugro Survey on behalf of Apache Energy, and in association with Ocean Technix and AMOG Consulting, reports that it successfully used its workhorse ROV, the 100hp Sealion to help cut through a 30in wellhead casing and stuck running tool. This involved 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 were 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 work class ROV on 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 were delighted with the design and the results achieved during the whole operation.

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