Forum Energy Technologies will launch its latest generation subsea robotic system at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen this week.
Forum will unveil the XLX-C ROV – a highly capable work-class vehicle that is more compact than the XLX model but with similar capabilities. This new ROV has been two years in development and represents a multi-million pound investment by Forum.
Subsea 7 will be the first to use the XLX-C, having placed an order for six vehicles, Forum informed.
The XLX-C ROV is the latest evolution in Forum’s XL series of underwater vehicles. With a compact frame, the XLX-C has a generous payload, rationalised hydraulic systems and features a simplified electrical sub-system.
Graham Adair, vice-president sales and marketing at Forum said: “The XLX-C is truly a best-in-class system. Operator safety and environmental impact were fundamental drivers during the design process.
“The XLX-C is more compact so it takes up less deck space on-board a vessel. The hydraulic systems and electrical sub-systems have been rationalised while functionality and reliability have increased. We are very pleased that the XLX-C is having its world premiere at Subsea Expo where we hope to secure several more orders for this system.”
Manufactured at Forum’s Kirbymoorside facility, the first of the six XLX-C ROVs ordered by Subsea 7 will be delivered in March.