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DeepOcean subsidiary awarded AUV survey on Libra Field offshore Brazil

09th March 2015

Axa Engenharia Submarina Ltda. (AXA), a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV (DeepOcean), has been awarded a contract for the provision of geo-hazard surveys on the Libra Field from a Petrobras-led consortium, consisting of Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda., Total E&P do Brasil Ltda., CNODC Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda. and CNOOC Petroleum Brasil Ltda.

DeepOcean subsidiary awarded AUV survey on Libra Field offshore Brazil
Surveys will be performed with a 3,000-metre rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Kongsberg Hugin 1000 AUV

The contract is for the provision of geo-hazard survey on a seafloor area of 1,640 square kilometres in the Libra field.

Libra field is located in a water depth of approximately 2,000 metres in the Santos Basin, about 230 kilometres of the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Surveys will be performed with a 3,000 metre rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

The AUV is capable of delivering high resolution high quality HISAS bathymetry and side scan sonar data for Sub Bottom Profiling (SBP) at high speeds.

The AUV operations are launched and supported by the survey support vessel MV Tau on charter with DeepOcean.

The contract will commence as soon as current AUV commitments have been completed.

“The combination of DeepOcean’s impressive track record of more than 60,000 kilometres of high specification pipeline inspections and route surveys and AXA employees’ long term experience in AUV based seabed mapping services is compelling,” said Donizeti Carneiro, Commercial Manager of AXA. “Winning this contract on Libra is a great recognition of our services on this strategically important project to our valued clients in Brazil.”

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