Blue Ocean Seismic Companies, which is engaged on autonomous ocean backside seismic robotic automobile expertise, mentioned on Tuesday that it had completed a sequence of passive and lively seismic trials that proved the standard of seismic information assortment.
This places the corporate on monitor to begin pre-commercial trials of its marine swarm robotics expertise in the course of the second half of 2023.
Backed by BP Ventures, Woodside Vitality and Blue Ocean Monitoring, the UK/Australian tech firm Blue Ocean Seismic Companies is creating the world’s first fleet of autonomous low-impact subsea nodes.
In keeping with the corporate, the expertise will seize high-quality seismic information from the ocean flooring for a number of purposes akin to offshore wind, oil and fuel, and CCS.
“These underwater autos will rework the offshore seismic sector to change into extra reasonably priced, sooner, safer, extra environmentally pleasant and considerably much less carbon intensive,” Bluewater mentioned.
The corporate has lately undertaken expertise testing in Plymouth, the North Sea, and Australia in direction of confirming the effectiveness of command and management methods, underwater flight efficiency, seismic coupling and lively seismic information acquisition.
Specializing in the latest North Sea lively seismic trial, the corporate mentioned it had achieved its expertise and information assortment aims, together with:
- Buying extra cycles of lively seismic information with its alpha autos (AP-OBSrV) alongside typical ocean-bottom nodes (OBNs);
- Testing engineering options for optimisations recognized within the earlier (August 2021) trials; and
- Confirming the flexibility of the AP-OBSrV to keep up an in depth seismic coupling with the seabed, particularly the place cross currents exist.
“These aims had been all achieved within the lively seismic survey, particularly confirming that the geophysical efficiency is on monitor. With this affirmation, the corporate will proceed its speedy development in direction of the graduation of business operations in 2024, beginning with the meeting of as much as 250 OBSrV model 1 nodes (primarily based on the AP-OBSrV design) in batches, with pre-commercial trials in H2 2023,” the corporate mentioned.
Blue Ocean Seismic Companies is continuous talks with business companions “about their robust curiosity in our providers and pre-qualifying for future tender alternatives” earlier than beginning pre-commercial trials within the second half of 2023.
“As well as, following substantial curiosity from potential prospects, the corporate additionally plans to open a brand new workplace in Houston, Texas, in Q1 2023, in step with its technique to ascertain a presence in key markets,” Blue Ocean Seismic mentioned.