USA: Schilling Robotics Receives Order from TS Marine for Two UHD™ ROV Systems

Schilling Robotics received an order for two of its 4,000 meter (13,000 feet) rated UltraHeavy-Duty™ (UHD™) Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) from Australian subsea specialist TS Marine. The UHD™ systems will be delivered in the summer of 2010.

The UHD™ systems will be outfitted with Schilling’s XE™ extended excursion Tether Management System (TMS), and will be fully integrated within TS Marine’s Havila Phoenix vessel in support of Expro’s AX-S™ well intervention operations. This expansion of TS Marine’s ROV fleet reflects the company’s international growth, which will be supported by Schilling’s global service network. They anticipate well intervention operations to be performed on an international basis, including the North Sea and West Africa.

“This is an important milestone for Schilling as TS Marine and Expro will jointly leverage the benefits of our highly integrated products and global support services,” said Tyler Schilling, chief executive officer of Schilling Robotics.

TS Marine’s UHDs™ ideally complement the AX-S™ system which incorporates the same core Schilling subsystems. The kindred technology synergies provide a seamless platform for the offshore crews, simplifying every aspect of operation and maintenance. “The commonality of technologies in the UHD™ and AX-S™ systems demonstrates the value of Schilling’s approach to supplying reliable, modular and flexible solutions. The integrated systems design enables significant cost-efficiencies, including a reduction in the quantity of spares required for offshore maintenance, saving both customers money,” said Schilling.

About Schilling Robotics, LLC

Schilling Robotics is a leading global, deep-ocean robotics company founded in 1985. Schilling is headquartered in California U.S.A. and has regional offices in Texas U.S.A. and Aberdeen, Scotland. In late 2008, FMC Technologies, Inc. acquired a 45% interest in Schilling. FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FTI) is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures, and services technologically sophisticated systems and products, such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluidcontrol equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.

About TS Marine

TS Marine Asia Pacific successfully completed a management buy-out of the Australasian entity from its parent company in November of 2009 and is now a wholly-owned Australian company. Specialising in subsea well intervention and subsea construction, TS Marine operates a fleet of three intervention/construction class DP2 vessels worldwide. Under its 100% owned subsidiary, SALT Subsea Ltd, TS Marine is opening a new regional office in Aberdeen to support the Expro contract and to offer its unique services to the Europe /West Africa marketplace.

About Expro

Expro’s business is well flow management. Expro is a market leader in providing services and products that measure, improve, control and process flow from high-value oil and gas wells, through the four marketing segments of: Well Testing & Commissioning; Wireline Intervention; Connectors and Measurements; and Deepwater Intervention.

The mission of AX-S™ is to be the premier subsea well intervention company providing customers with economically-effective enhanced hydrocarbon recovery. The AX-S™ technology development is scheduled for completion by the end of 2010. The first field trial is scheduled to take place in a Norwegian fjord and then the system will be available for commercial use on virtually any subsea well in the world.


Source: Schillingrobotics, August 5, 2010: