Ocean Infinity and Gregg Drilling, a subsidiary of Alaska Native Corporation Sealaska, have formed a joint venture (JV) to provide geotechnical services to the offshore renewables and offshore oil and gas markets
The JV will see Gregg Drilling mobilise its seabed drills onto Ocean Infinity’s Armada fleet of uncrewed and optionally crewed vessels, which range in size from 21 m to 78 m.
“Pairing Gregg’s deepwater geotechnical drilling capability with Armada’s fleet of uncrewed vessels and recently enhanced data analytics capabilities following the acquisition of MMT, will expand capabilities for both companies to complete offshore investigations globally,” Ocean Infinity said.
“The JV will enable more sustainable underwater development, including geotechnical data collection, needed to support offshore wind anchor and foundation design,” the company said.
Ocean Infinity chief executive Oliver Plunkett said, “Partnering with Gregg Drilling to further expand the capabilities of our Armada fleet will enable us to provide full-service solutions to customers spanning geophysical and geotechnical tasks.
“Gregg Drilling and its parent company share our vision for reducing the environmental impact of offshore activity.”
Gregg Drilling president John Gregg said, “We are pleased to partner with Ocean Infinity to provide a geotechnical offering. We look forward to working together to best utilise the expertise of both companies.”
As highlighted recently by OWJ, development of large offshore windfarms far from shore is expected to require significant geotechnical expertise and new technology, not least for the floating wind sector.
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