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Modus provides hybrid AUV services to Fugro in Australasia under a new collaboration agreement

Date: 4th October 2018

Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd, a North East UK headquartered subsea specialist, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Fugro to provide hybrid AUV pipeline survey and inspection services within Australasia.

The collaboration enables Fugro to offer the Modus H-AUV (Hybrid AUV), the most capable and advanced subsea AUV available, to perform high speed survey and inspection whilst maintaining best in class data quality.

The collaboration has been awarded its first contract and the Modus H-AUV spread has been mobilised to Australia with a suite of state-of-the-art survey sensors and ancillary equipment, including the Cathx laser and photogrammetry system and docking unit allowing deployment and recovery on the seabed to perform pipeline integrity survey work on Australia’s North West Shelf. Utilisation of the H-AUV spread delivers significant efficiency gains in terms of data acquisition speed and quality whilst allowing for a reduction of operational personnel offshore, therefore providing tangible safety benefits and cost savings.

Marcus Hemsted, Business Development Manager at Fugro said “As Fugro continues to develop and lead the development of remote offshore operations within the region, we are excited to come together with Modus to offer the H-AUV as part of a suite of cutting-edge survey and inspection technology utilised to actively support our IMR client base in the Australasian region”

Nigel Ward, Commercial Director at Modus Seabed Intervention said “The ability of the new Hybrid AUV technology to improve efficiency and increase quality coupled with Fugro’s advanced data processing and remote operations expertise has enabled the collaboration to secure this first project within the Australia region. We feel that this project will redefine the way that future pipeline inspections are performed locally”

About Modus

Modus is a specialist global provider of innovative technical, project and Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) services for subsea and seabed intervention. Modus operates a comprehensive range of UUV systems, which are deployed across the entire life cycle of a subsea field development.

The Modus fleet uniquely comprises ROV, AUV and hybrid vehicles utilised for survey, stabilisation and protection (trenching), drilling support, construction support, intervention and Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM).

Modus provide life of field support for subsea developments in the renewable energy, oil and gas, telecommunications, oceanographic, mining and defence sectors; delivering technical and operational excellence through safe, professional, innovative and optimised services.

About Fugro

Fugro is the world’s leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions. Fugro acquires and analyses data on topography and the subsurface, soil composition, meteorological and environmental conditions, and provides related advice. With its geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions Fugro supports the safe, efficient and sustainable development and operation of buildings, industrial facilities and infrastructure and the exploration and development of natural resources.

Fugro works around the globe, predominantly in energy and infrastructure markets offshore and onshore, employing approximately 10,000 people in 65 countries. In 2017, revenue amounted to EUR 1.5 billion. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.