Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) has signed a contract with Consolidated Contractors Company (Underwater Engineering) for the manufacture and delivery of a hard ground subsea trenching machine.
SMD will design and build a BT500 Burial Tractor (500hp) complete with a full power and control system.
The trencher is due for delivery to Abu Dhabi in 2018, where it will be used for the installation of power cables and flexible products for the oil and gas industry. This is the first investment in a subsea machine of this kind for CCC UE, who are also said to be looking to increase their capability in the installation market.
“SMD have a long history of successful business relationships in the Middle East” remarked Paul Davison, managing director of SMD trenching, mining and renewables. “We have enjoyed working in this region. Adding a new client like CCC UE is a strong testament to our reputation as the key supplier of trenching equipment in this area. We are delighted that CCC UE have approached SMD directly for assets and support as they expand their operations.”
CCC UE commented: “We have chosen SMD as result of the proven track record they possess in producing rugged machines, in addition to the flexibility SMD have provided in a design that is tailored to efficiently operate in the harsh environmental conditions encountered in the area in terms of hard soil and high temperatures. Owning and managing the only locally based Subsea Trenching Machine gives CCC UE the flexibility to better deliver subsea cable projects, utilising all in-house owned and managed offshore spread including DP2 Clable Lay Vessels, Cable Laying Equipment, ROVs, diving, and tensioners; thus providing the client with a turn-key solution by having better control on the delivered product in terms of quality, efficiency and management.”
The trencher will be designed for hard ground sea beds, and will be delivered with a 400hp wheel cutter capable of trenching in hard rock up to 40 MPa UCS. SMD will also supply deck equipment to accompany the trencher, including an umbilical winch.
SMD will also be supplying training of technical and operations staff, on vessel pre-mobilisation support, operations support and maintenance and technical support.