Surveyor Interceptor on its first commercial outing in the North Sea
A completely new subsea technology developed by companies in Haugesund north of Stavanger has been used by Gassco for inspection of the Knarr gas pipeline during March.
The Surveyor Interceptor Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) had its first commercial outing in the North Sea for the Knarr Gas Pipeline. This assignment which was aimed at proving that the technology worked in practice proved to be very successful.
Gassco is operator for the gas transport system which delivers Norwegian gas to continental Europe and the UK through more than 8 000 kilometres of pipelines.
As the company responsible for operating and maintaining this network, it is constantly looking for cost-effective solutions which provide the highest quality.
“Most of the gas pipelines lie on the seabed, and ROVs controlled from surface vessels must therefore be used for maintenance and monitoring work,” explains Kristin Kinn Kaste, vice president for the transport network.
“Such operations are basically expensive. Factors affecting the price include the offshore vessel, the ROV’s efficiency and the choice of inspection technology. Using new, world-leading technology is therefore cost-efficient for us.”