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Nautilus signs deal on seafloor production

 NAUTILUS Minerals has signed an agreement with United Engineering Services LLC to provide support services in wet testing the company’s seafloor production equipment and storing the equipment.
Nautilus said in a statement the work would begin as soon as it was delivered from suppliers prior to integration onto the company’s production support vessel.
The first equipment to be tested will be the three seafloor production tools which are to delivered from the soil machine dynamics facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.
Each machine is undergoing rigorous commissioning and factory acceptance testing conducted in dry conditions on land.
Once delivered, the seafloor production tools will undergo extensive wet testing at Duqm Port in Oman which is designed to provide a submerged demonstration of the fully assembled tools.
It will involve submerged testing of:

  • Control systems operations and feedback;
  • Hydraulic functions;
  • Collection system functions; 
  • Survey and visualisation systems.

On completion of the wet testing, the tools will be stored at UES facilities in Duqm, Oman for preservation and maintenance until the integration on the PSV which is expected in 2017.
Nautilus’ chief executive Mike Johnston said: “It is very exciting to have the SPTs all fully assembled as we prepare for wet testing.
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