Equinor Wind US has awarded a contract for geophysical survey services to MMT US Inc, a subsidiary of MMT Group
The contract covers high resolution geophysical, benthic surveys and shallow subsurface surveys for Equinor’s lease area offshore New England.
The project will be undertaken using the vessel Stril Explorer, which will be equipped with the Surveyor Interceptor high-speed survey remotely operated vehicle (SROV).
Survey operations are expected to commence in mid-2020 and are expected to run continuously through to Q2 2021.
The SROV was developed by MMT and Reach Subsea to enhance geophysical surveys.
Specially developed by MMT and partner Reach Subsea, the SROV was designed to allow it to acquire stable data at high speed.
MMT said that for the Equinor project, using the SROV on board Stril Explorer will significantly increase the operational window, reduce operating time and reduce the impact on the surrounding wildlife by lowering the noise in the water column.
“This method will also allow all surveys to be conducted from a single vessel rather than the standard two-vessel deployment,” said MMT.
To achieve all of the data requirements for the project, the Surveyor Interceptor will be developed further to include additional sensors.
MMT chief executive Per-Olof Sverlinger said the contract is “strategically important” for MMT and Reach, who have been preparing to support clients in the US offshore wind industry for more than two years.
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