SMD has been awarded a contract by i?Tech (a division of Subsea 7) to supply twenty (withÂ options for up to a further ten) QX?Ultra work class ROVs. The ROVs will be used by Subsea 7 inÂ Brazil, working for Petrobras. The award is SMDâ€™s single biggest ROV order to date and positionsÂ the company as the leading supplier of Work Class ROV (WROV) systems in expandingÂ international markets.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Hodgson,Â CEO at SMD said: â€œSMD has been Subsea 7â€™sÂ WROV manufacturer and supplier for over fourÂ years. This contract was won throughÂ competitive tender designed to ensure i?Techâ€™sÂ WROV equipment remains at the forefront ofÂ technology. Having evaluated the market I amÂ delighted that i?Tech has chosen to continueÂ its long standing relationship with SMDâ€.
The QX?Ultra is an evolution of the successfulÂ medium size Centurion QX WROV designed and built for i?Tech by SMD. Utilising the latestÂ Curvetechâ„¢ components and technologies, many from SMDâ€™s newest vehicle Atom, QX?UltraÂ offers the flexibility to undertake a wide range of tasks whilst being easy to use and maintain.
In addition to the WROVs, SMD will design and manufacture the A?frame and winch systems toÂ create a complete turnkey package. SMD remain the only Work Class ROV manufacturer withÂ the ability to design and manufacture WROV launch equipment.
SMD has invested heavily in both its production facilities and people over the past two years toÂ enable it to produce up to 3 complete WROV systems (including launch equipment) per month.Â The first twenty QX Ultras will be delivered over an 18 month period. SMD will also open aÂ service office in Macae in Brazil and is committed to further developing its supply chain in Brazil.
SMD is one of the worldâ€™s leading subsea engineering companies, designing and manufacturingÂ Work Class ROVs, trenching systems, subsea mining machines and tidal generation devices. TheyÂ have a worldwide customer base operating in oil and gas, telecoms, mining, salvage, renewables,Â defence and scientific markets. SMD currently has offices in the UK, USA and Singapore.
With over 650 personnel globally, and over 80 ROVs permanently deployed (together with accessÂ to Subsea 7's additional fleet of 50 plus ROVs), i?Tech is currently the world's second largestÂ provider of ROV support services to exploration and production industry, operating out of fourÂ regional centers: Europe & Africa, Brazil, Asia?Pacific and North America and project specificÂ locations globally. (www.InterventionTechnology.com)