Next Geosolutions, an independent geoscience and engineering service provider, has been awarded two major survey contracts, which together represent a multi-million euro figure, for the North Sea Link (NSL) project, the first electricity link between UK and Norway.
The first contract, commencing in April 2017 will see Next Geosolutions provide cable protection survey work for Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator. The two-week workscope will involve cable inspections for the Skagerrak electricity transmission system and NorNed power cable interconnectors. The interconnectors will link the electricity transmission systems of different countries, with subsea cables utilised for the NSL, passing through Norwegian and British waters.
The second contract is due to commence in May 2017 for a period of three months. It will involve Next Geosolutions carrying out offshore cable route survey, unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey and route preparation techniques.
Each survey will be performed with the same mobilisation and demobilisation delivered by Next Geosolutions’ brand new dynamic positioning (DP) Class 2 multi-purpose supply (MPSV) vessel – the Levoli Cobalt. The vessel is currently fitted with a Schilling ultra heavy duty (UHD) Work-Class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and McArtney Focus 3 remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV). The first in the market, the Focus 3 ROTV shall deliver high-resolution datasets for route design and engineering, as well as subsea asset inspections utilising its unrivalled, simultaneous sensor package.