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Cortez Subsea wins subsea pipeline inspection contracts worth £1.5 million

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Subsea technology and services company Cortez Subsea has won myriad 3D inspection contracts in the past year, which combined are worth over £1.5 million (€1.7 million).

The company has carried out work offshore Malaysia using the MCS Photo Realistic 3D Cloud (PRC), a subsea camera and software system that scans structures and pipeline sections to create a 3D cloud of millions of points to present an as-built image of any scanned object.

“The PRC provides a quicker, safer and extremely accurate ROV deployed subsea measurement solution,” explained Murray Ross, general manager of Cortez Subsea in Malaysia. “In fact, it measures with plus or minus one millimetre accuracy. Coupled with our other technologies, it can provide us with a competitive edge and allows our clients to be confident they are promoting operational excellence by utilising advanced inspection techniques.

“The data from our PRC can be transmitted in real-time. Using an ROV and the PRC for inspection activities significantly reduces the time required in comparison to traditional techniques including divers. For example in spool metrology, in one case, we noted it took 15 minutes for an ROV with PRC to fly and video the route of a spool from the pipeline to the riser in comparison to two hours required for a diver to perform the same activity using the traditional taut wire process.”

To support project wins in 2019, the company, which currently employs 50 people around the world, will continue to recruit additional employees for its global team.

“We consult our ‘technology toolbox’ to ensure we are bucking the trend in an industry still adjusting to the lower oil price and to ensure we increase our focus on efficiencies to meet our customer’s needs,” concluded Alasdair Cowie, managing director of Cortez Subsea.

“2019 saw as welcome many new clients to our portfolio which is testament to our investment in new technology, innovation and partnerships.”