“For me, the Falcon is the best tool for our operations, ” says Cédric Fratacci at Perenco Oil and Gas, Gabon, declaring it to be: “A small, yet highly efficient ROV.” He describes how their new Falcon is undertaking a range of tasks at their Gabon operations, including pipeline and jacket surveys, rig assistance and FSO inspection.
It has also been deployed with their diving team to remove debris from the seabed
ready to clear the approach for the arrival of a rig.
Later the Falcon was sent down to check the position and security of spudcan
penetration in the sand.
Cédric Fratacci welcomes the cost savings of using the Falcon rather than a diving
team for dedicated operations.
“The Falcon can dive to a greater depth than a diver, and avoids the need for
decompression time, ” he says.
But when diving is unavoidable, he adds, “the Falcon can assist in the diving
activity by becoming an external camera for the diving supervisor.”
The world-wide success of the Falcon in the energy industry, and other sectors,
comes from its small, easily manhandled size, together with five powerful thrusters
for precise manoeuvrability and steadiness in strong cross-currents whilst undertaking
precision tasks and observations.
Also, its distributed intelligent control system with each device on the vehicle
having its own microprocessor, allows a choice of tools and sensors to be easily
added or changed, making it an ideal platform for numerous intricate and
demanding subsea applications.
As a module-focussed concept, the Falcon generates automatic diagnostics on
power-up to ensure that each device is fully interfaced and working correctly.
Recognition and acknowledgment of the Falcon’s capabilities by Perenco is
important because of their leading role in the production, development and
exploration of oil and gas around the world.
Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes
Saab’s underwater vehicle range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle
systems for the defence industry.
Perenco Oil and Gas Gabon is a leading independent oil and gas company with
production, development and exploration assets around the world.