Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services provider M2 Subsea has recently commissioned a purpose-built tank for testing ROVs and ancillary equipment at its base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
Located within M2 Subsea’s existing workshop, the indoor fresh water test tank can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs. It can hold 73,600 liters of water and measures 8 x 4 x 2.3 meters. It 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 said it will use the facility for its own asset testing purposes and has also made it commercially available for subsea manufacturers and service providers to rent, along with or without M2 Subsea’s ROV fleet. The facility has already been used by Acteon Group for product testing.
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.”
Arnold continued, “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.”