New technology set to transform offshore industry after deployment in UK North Sea

A pioneering system of protecting floating offshore installations from corrosion without using divers has been used for the first time in the UK North Sea.

Offshore energy asset integrity, inspection and specialised repair and maintenance services firm EM&I, with UK offices in Wilmslow, in Cheshire, and Aberdeen, teamed up with Cumbria-based Forth Engineering to design a solution using a floating production storage and offloading vessel 75 miles off the north-east coast.

The two firms claim their innovation, HullGuard, means companies operating offshore will be able to save lives, valuable production time and money. It also means fewer workers having to be transported in helicopters and using less dive support vessels, with a resulting reduction in carbon emissions, they say.

EM&I chairman Danny Constantinis said: “I am confident that this solution will be welcomed in a market which seeks safer, lower cost and lower carbon footprint solutions.”

David Mortlock, chief technical officer, EM&I, added: “Anywhere around the world where there are floating offshore installations this technology will save money, make it safer and, ultimately, save lives.”

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