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Purpose-built test tank in Aberdeenshire

Published:  21 September, 2017

M2 Subsea, a global independent provider of ROV services, has unveiled its recently commissioned purpose-built test tank at the company’s base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.

The indoor fresh water tank, which can hold 73,600 litres of water, has been created for the primary purpose of testing ROVs and ancillary equipment. The facility will allow the company to be in total control from the planning to completion of asset testing, ensuring the quality and rapid turnaround of results before they are deployed for both domestic and international projects.

The tank is commercially available for subsea manufacturers and service providers to rent, along with or without M2 Subsea’s ROV fleet. The facility has already been successfully used by Acteon Group for product testing.

Located within M2 Subsea’s existing workshop, the test tank measures 8 x 4 x 2.3 metres and can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs. It also features a gantry crane which has a S.W.L 15t and an independent 415v three phase 200a power supply to accommodate testing equipment. 2t and 16t forklifts are also onsite at all times for any unloading and loading requirements.

M² Subsea chief executive officer Mike Arnold said: “The commissioning of the test tank offering at our Aberdeen base is a great benefit to M² Subsea. The facility provides us and the local subsea market with a high-quality area for the wet testing of new equipment and will allow for us to test assets more quickly and effectively.

“The tank provides M² Subsea complete control over the testing process and enables us to deliver clients exactly to their requirements, ensuring the quality they receive is to our high standards. We are also able to access the data gathered and provide reports in an efficient manner as there are no third-party data companies involved. This will prove invaluable to ensuring we are continually improving our services across the oil and gas industry as well as for the renewable and decommissioning sectors.”

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