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Russelsmith partners Kongsberg Ferrotech, plans robots for subsea repairs in Nigeria

Nigerian integrated oilfield services provider, Russelsmith, has teamed up with Kongsberg Ferrotech, a Norwegian subsea robotics company, to introduce a range of autonomous subsea robotic technologies to the Nigerian market.

Designed to perform inspection, repair and maintenance tasks on subsea pipelines, the robotic solutions are with the distinct advantage of being able to assess and repair subsea pipes in a single operation without divers and other conventional vessel-supported equipment.

The partnership will see Russelsmith further improving its subsea monitoring, repair and lifetime extension service offerings for rigid and flexible pipes, umbilicals and ancillaries.

Speaking on the collaboration between both companies, Christopher Carlsen, Kongsberg Ferrotech’s General Manager, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Russelsmith to introduce our autonomous robotic technologies to the Nigerian market. We believe that these technologies will have a very positive impact on Asset Integrity Management operations in the country”.

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According to RusselSmith’s Divisional Chief Executive, Effiong Okwong, the initiative is a game- changer for the company’s operations.

“It is also a positive development for the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry because operators in Nigeria now have access to a versatile and effective Emergency Pipeline Repair System that has a small footprint and is also autonomous, ” Okwong said, adding there is growing number of ageing assets in the country that require focused maintenance and life extension efforts.

“Such maintenance efforts can now be further optimized for efficiency and made more cost-effective by adopting robotic solutions like ours, ” he said.

On the environmental front, Russelsmith said it expects there will be a reduction in pollution due to pipeline leaks because operators will be better equipped to maintain pipelines and respond quickly to incidents.

“At Russelsmith, our focus remains on providing smart technology solutions to help our customers unlock more value from their assets in safe and efficient ways,” the company said.

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