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SMD secures new contract to supply ROV to Petrovietnam subsidiary


Soil Machine Dynamics Limited (SMD) has won a multi-million-dollar contract to supply a Quasar II, medium-sized work class ROV to PTSC GEOS & SUBSEA SERVICES CO., LTD., (PTSC G&S), a subsidiary of Petrovietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC). The Quasar is the second of its kind to be ordered by PTSC G&S, nearly a decade after the first ROV was purchased.

Quasar II is a versatile all-around performer capable of survey, construction, and drill support operations. Once delivered to the oil fields in South East Asia, it will work alongside the existing SMD ROV, performing a range of operations, at depths of up to 2,500metres.

PTSC G&S have commissioned a high specification of options to compliment the Quasar II, including the most powerful tooling capabilities, a survey pod, and the latest instruments. The vehicle offers class-leading in-current performance, tooling, and instrument space and access for maintenance. The machine will also be mated with an SMD compact Tether Management System (TMS).

The team at SMD will also provide training and mobilisation support. The training will employ the use of SMD’s simulator to allow ROV operators to train and rehearse for a range of subsea scenarios before launching and piloting the ROV for real.

Mark Collins, Business Development Director, Remote and Autonomous Systems at SMD said, “PTSC G&S has been successfully operating our existing Quasar in oil fields in Vietnam and South East Asia for nearly a decade. It’s always a pleasure when long-standing customers come back to us for new equipment and we’re delighted to be working with PTSC G&S again.

“Our technology has developed significantly over the past decade as have the markets we operate within, but our core vehicles remain best in class and this new contract is testament to that. Our medium-sized work class ROV is a real workhorse and represents exceptional value. It has high powered capabilities and the capacity to partner with a range of tools and technologies, it’s versatile and built to last.”

The Quasar II is due for delivery in February 2021.