Fugro Completes Deepwater AUV Surveys For Shell In US Gulf Of Mexico
A number of deepwater geophysical surveys have been completed in the Gulf of Mexico by Fugro for Shell International Exploration and Production Company.
Collection of data over multiple deepwater lease blocks were required in the project in the development areas of greater Perdido and Mars. Before executing the planned drilling activities, support clearance of potential environment, engineering, geological and archaeological hazards is done.
Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle was deployed by the Fugro from the Fugro Brasilis which is its purpose-built survey vessel.
With the depth rated to 3000 m, the Hugin AUV is equipped with multibeam echosounder, side-scan sonar, and sub-bottom profiling sensors. The usage of this helped Fugro get the seabed data that was critical over the project area more safely and efficiently in spite of the challenging water depths. For faster interpretation and reporting schedule a mix of onboard and in house processing resources was also used by Fugro.
“Shell’s 2019 AUV survey campaign onboard the Fugro Brasilis is another example of collaboration between Fugro and Shell to bring innovative technology and techniques to site investigations in ways that reduce HSSE exposure and survey duration, while simultaneously providing superior data quality and ancillary datasets,” said Shell Project Manager, Deanne Hargrave.