Fugro Begins Subsea Pipeline Inspections

May 2015, Vol 242, No. 5

Statoil Petroleum and Gassco recently awarded the 2015 annual pipeline inspection contract to Fugro. The contract covers inspection of defined sections of subsea pipelines between Norway and continental Europe: Europipe 1, Europipe 2, Franpipe, Zeepipe and Norpipe.

Inspection of pipeline sections for production fields in Norwegian waters is also included in the scope of work. Fugro will utilize its Echo Surveyor VI Hugin 1000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with EM2040 multibeam echosounder and EdgeTech full spectrum 120 & 410 kHz side scan sonar to conduct the inspection. The AUV will be deployed from Fugro’s multi-purpose survey vessel Geo Prospector. The inspection survey is scheduled to commence shortly and the confirmed workscope has an estimated duration of 30 days.