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TI Geosciences drill set for sea trials

UK-based start-up backed by Royal IHC, TI Geosciences, has completed testing programme including harbour trials of its next generation seabed geotechnical drill – SWORD.

Before entering the market, SWORD (sonic wireline-operated remote drill) will be set-up onto permanent vessel and start sea trials.

According to IHC, discussions are progressing with operators in all concerned industries: offshore wind, oil & gas, offshore mining for operating SWORD to the benefit of their projects.

SWORD collects undisturbed soil samples and in situ testing data for the purpose of designing foundation or anchoring of offshore structures, or alternatively for assessing mineral resources for mining.

Unlike conventional drilling vessels, SWORD does it sitting on the seabed and controlled from the surface, thus eliminating heave effect and reducing weather dependency, IHC explains.

Based in Blyth, UK, TI Geosciences benefits from the support and global reach of IHC’s international network of office, production and engineering facilities.

Martijn Schouten, executive director at TI Geosciences, said: “Despite the most challenging current context, SWORD is rising strong interest from major players in all three targeted industries.

“SWORD will be disruptive in its contribution to lowering costs and reducing uncertainties in the development of offshore projects.”

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