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First autonomous wave-powered technology unleashed

25th June 2012

Leading technology supplier and marine industry experts team up to produce first independent wave-powered product which could help oil and gas exploration

Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas will combine Liquid Robotics Wave Glider technology with Schlumberger oil and gas expertise and industry knowledge

Liquid Robotics, Inc. and Schlumberger have embarked on a joint venture to develop services for the oil and gas industry using the world’s first wave-powered, autonomous marine vehicles.

Fleets of Wave Gliders have already crossed hundreds of thousands of miles of the earth’s oceans to help scientific, defence and industrial customers gain insights into the marine environment.

The company hopes the venture will provide an offshore exploration and production platform —particularly in the areas of seismic, subsea and environmental monitoring.

Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas will combine Liquid Robotics Wave Glider technology with Schlumberger oil and gas expertise and industry knowledge to integrate and deploy new solutions for customers worldwide, said the companies in a statement on 25 June.

Liquid Robotics and Schlumberger have equal ownership of the joint venture. Liquid Robotics will provide fleets of Wave Gliders together with relevant engineering, piloting and maintenance expertise, while Schlumberger brings their upstream technology and market leadership.

The joint venture will be the exclusive distributor of Wave Glider products and services to oil and gas customers worldwide.

“We are continually interested in developing innovative technologies of value to the oil and gas industry,” said Ashok Belani, Schlumberger chief technology officer.

“Wave Gliders offer a game-changing capability to operate offshore for up to a year without requiring a crew, fuel or a dedicated support vessel during their mission”, according to the statement.