Ennsub to build LARS4 for Benthic

Ennsub, the independent subsea design, engineering and technology company, has been awarded a GBP 2M contract by Benthic to build a newly enhanced and portable launch and recovery system to complement the latest addition to its seabed drilling and geotechnical drill fleet.

The Launch and Recovery System (LARS4) features active heave compensation and 3000m deployment capability. It has been designed to provide Benthic and its clients with an enhanced deployment capability in deep and ultra-deepwater conditions and harsh environments. It has been configured to allow mobilisation of Benthic’s Portable Remotely Operated Drills (PRODs) on a wider range of vessels than was previously possible.

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The contract includes the detailed design, manufacture and testing of a fully integrated launch and recovery solution, comprising a high-speed electric winch with active heave compensation, bespoke deployment system and all associated power and control systems. The work will be undertaken at Ennsub’s new production facility in Teesside, UK.

The equipment, which is estimated to take around eight months to design and build, will undergo detailed commissioning during Q2 2015 and will commence operations later that year.

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