Reef Subsea Launches Subsea Trench ROV Q1000 Jet Trencher (UK)

Reef Subsea Launches Subsea Trench ROV Q1000 Jet Trencher (UK)


Reef Subsea announced that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, based in the North-East of England, with offices in Aberdeen, has launched a new innovative subsea Trench ROV in Newcastle upon Tyne. Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical’s new Q1000 Jet Trencher was unveiled yesterday (4 October) in front of many clients and associates from the UK and abroad.

The Q1000 is a modern free flying ROV jet trencher which can operate in water depths of up to 2000m and in a variety of soil conditions. The trencher has lOOOhp installed power and ideally suited to the burial of rigid and flexible pipelines, umbilicals and cables for the oil & gas, renewables, power, telecommunications and subsea defence sectors, to 3m trench depth.

The trencher can operate on skids or tracks and has two high pressure high flow pumps with complete remote control over the pumps performance. It can be fitted with cable depressor, educator and trench wall collapse tool. A range of sensors and survey equipment are provided with the trencher to monitor the product during trenching and also carrying out post trench survey by the trencher.

The trencher will come with a dedicated launch and recovery system, control system and different workshops. Its modular design allows it to be mobilised on to and operated from various type of supporting vessels.

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical has also recently ordered a new heavy duty flexible plough from the same subsea equipment manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), which will increase company’s capabilities in trenching in harder soil condition from those that Q1000 can trench. The plough is due for delivery in late 2012.

Tim Sheehan, Chief Operating Officer of Reef Subsea, commented: “We are proud for this key asset to be launched in front of clients from the UK and abroad. The Q1000 is a versatile trencher that allows us to provide solutions for our clients from both the oil & gas and the renewables sectors. It can be mobilised on any of our vessels or third party vessel and brings additional value to our clients and expands our service capabilities.”

Daryl Lynch, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, said: “With the Q1000 launched today – and the new heavy duty plough soon – Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical is positioned to offer a large range of trenching and installation services to its clients in the North Sea and worldwide. I wish to personally thank all our clients and associates who came to Newcastle today to see the Q1000 before commencing sea trials and offshore operations.”

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical specialises in subsea installation, burial and trenching services. The company has recently been involved in three of the world’s largest wind farm developments offshore of the UK, Thanet, Greater Gabbard and Lines. In July of this year, the company was awarded a £40m contract with Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm Limited, to install and bury all the inter-array cables for the wind farm, which is expected to be the largest in Europe.

Press Release, October 05, 2012