Equinor Wind US has awarded a contract for geophysical survey services to MMT US, a subsidiary of MMT Group.
The contract covers high resolution geophysical, benthic surveys and shallow subsurface surveys for the planning and engineering of Equinor’s lease area offshore New England.
The project will be performed utilising the Stril Explorer vessel, which is equipped with the Surveyor Interceptor SROV.
The SROV Surveyor Interceptor has been developed by MMT and Reach Subsea with the aim of revolutionizing geophysical surveys.
For this project, the use of the SROV onboard the Stril Explorer will increase the operational window, cut operation time, and reduce the impact on the surrounding wildlife by reducing the noise in the water column.
The survey operations are expected to start in late summer 2020 and run continuously throughout to Q2 2021.
P-O Sverlinger, CEO MMT said: “This award is strategically important as MMT/Reach has been preparing to support our clients in the US offshore wind industry for more than two years now. We have a long experience from the Renewables segment in Europe and developers have shown interest in using our professional support in the US market. They know what we can deliver and we know their requirements on both a safe and efficient operation and the quality of deliverables.”
Jostein Alendal, CEO Reach Subsea said: “This major award is a testament to the combined capabilities of Reach and MMT, our track record worldwide, and our ability to develop innovative solutions. To be in the technological forefront demands a good portion of stamina and it is encouraging for the whole team to get this recognition from a leading operator like Equinor. This type of big volume challenges really gives a push to our drive to always take the next step into the future of digitalisation and emission free operations. Offshore installations in all forms will increase in the coming years and mapping of the entire seafloor has just started, exciting times ahead.”