Projects List

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DateClientRegionWater DepthMax
Pen
Depth
GeologyVesselResult
2017 Feb - 2016 Dec  Petrobras Libra Field, Brazil 509m to 2340m 80m
  • Predominately over consolidated clay, with layers of silty clay. Carbonate rock in one location
  • Chouest Wildebeest
  • The project included the offshore site investigation, plus advanced onshore laboratory testing and reporting conducted locally in Brazil. 
  • PROD3 was mobilized onboard the Chouest Wildebeest for geotechnical and geological investigation of the Libra Field for FPSO anchor design, geohazard and slope stability assessment.
  • The survey comprised of 40 paired boreholes (CPTU and sampling) up to 80m bml, with a cumulative length of 3100m.
2016 Apr ConocoPhillips Barossa Field, Timor Sea, Australia 250m 100m
  • Carbonate muds, silts and sands, Carbonate rocks, outcropping in places along pipeline route
  • Jaya Vigilant
  • PROD3 mobilized on the Jaya Vigilant for geotechnical work in the Barossa Field and proposed pipeline route, approximately 29km north of Darwin, Northern Territory. 
  • Operations were completed in 20 days and included 28 CPTU up to 100m below the mudline, including 28 dissipation tests, 7 BPTU holes up to 18.5 bml, 28 sampling boreholes up to 87.25 bml, 6 box core locations collected a total of 0.34m3 across all locations.
2015 Nov Woodside Energy LLC Greater Enfield, Western Australia 842m 35m
  • Clay Carbonate mud and interbedded Siliceous Carbonate silty sand
  • Muddy silt
  • Jaya Vigilant
  • The geotechnical investigation took place at the Greater Enfield Development in water depths of 842m. 
  • Operations included 22 CPTU holes including 18 dissipation tests, 28 sampling boreholes, 4 box cores locations and field testing of the new Benthic Needle Probe dissipation tool.
2015 Nov Woodside Energy LLC Browse FLNG, Western Australia 632m  32m 
  • Muddy silt / silty mud
  • Jaya Vigilant
  • Operations took place approximately 425m offshore north of Broome, Western Australia in water depths of 623m. 
  • The workscope consisted of 26 CPTU holes including 13 dissipation tests, 5 Ball Penetrometer Test including 27 cyclic tests and downhole sampling, 5 sampling boreholes and 4 box core locations. 
2015 Jul - Sept Statoil Canada Flemish Pass, Canada 1173m 101m
  • Predominantly clay and silty clay with layers of silty/clay sand and sand
  • Instances of ice rafted debris (observed as drop stones)
  • Maersk Challenger
  • A Geohazard Slope Stability Study and a site investigation were preformed to confirm the preliminary geological model of the area. The investigation also provided preliminary design data for the Bay du Nord Development in the bottom of the Flemish Pass.
  • A total of 10 locations were investigated with 21 individual boreholes completed in a 32 days. 
  • 9 composite sampling, 6 CPT boreholes, 6 CPTU holes, 6 sampling holes, and 2 integrated standpipe piezometers installed.
2015 Mar Hibiscus Petroleum  Sealion, Gippsland Basin, Bass Strait, Australia 24m 20m 
  • Medium to very dense silty sand
  • Sandy silt and sedimentary rocks such as Calcisiltite
  • Go Capella
  • The site investigation was preformed to collect data for a jack-up spudcan penetration analysis in water depths of 24m. 
  • Operations were completed in 12 operating hours and comprised of 2 PCPT, 1 sample borehole and 1 composite sampling.
2015
Feb - Mar
Anadarko Golfinho, Mozambique 80m - 1336m  80m 
  • Silty sand overlying variably cemented Calcarenite and Limestone nearshore
  • Very soft to hard silty clay with silty sand layers, generally reducing in frequency toward deeper water
  • Jaya Vigilant
  • The 49 day project was completed in water depths ranging between 80m and 1336m with a maximum penetration depth of 80m below the mudline.
  • 48 locations were tested consisting of 11 PCPT locations, 29 sample boreholes and 8 composites. 
  • 213m of PCPT and 495m of sediment and rotary coring were performed.
2014 
Aug - Sept
Chevron Canada Ltd Kitimat, Clio Bay, Canada 20m - 190m 85m
  • Silty sand to muddy silt / silty mud
  • Soft clay
  • Gravel
  • Granite cobble
  • Granite bedrock
  • Strait Hunter
  • Operations took place in a very small bay known for logging and recreational activities.
  • The workscope included 6 locations of continuous coring, 8 locations of continuous CPT, and 4 locations of BPT in water depths ranging from 20m to 190m.
2014
Jul - Sept
Woodside Energy Ltd Browse Basin, Western Australia 618m 82m 
  • Carbonate sand 
  • Silty sand to muddy silt
  • Silty mud
  • Nor Captain
  • The geotechnical program was completed within the Torosa Field, in close proximity to Scott Reef in water depths up to 618m.
  • Project comprised of 8 composite sampling and in-situ testing boreholes of up to 58.26m below the mudline, 46 PCPT locations up to 81.53m below the mudline, 3 BPT locations of up to 40.11m below the mudline, 40 sampling locations and 4 box core locations.
2013/14 Sept - Jun Anadarko Golfinho,
Mozambique
30m - 2770m 79m 
  • Silty clay and silty sand
  • Calcarenite / Limestone rock
  • Jaya Vigilant
  • The Golfinho Development consists of subsea manifolds connected via ancillary trunk lines to a main pipeline crossing three under water canyons before connecting onshore.
  • A total of 49 in situ testing locations and 33 sampling boreholes were completed in water depths ranging between 30m to 2770m. Approximately 1116m of PCPT data were conducted. Approximately 725m of soil samples were retrieved with a maximum borehole depth of 79m achieved.
  • Standard offshore laboratory tests were conducted. In addition, standard soil & rock classification, visual description, logging and colour photography were carried out onboard.
2013/14 Mar - Jul Anadarko Prosperidade, 
Mozambique
27m - 1894m 90m
  • Silty clay and silty sand
  • Calcarenite/limestone rock
  • Jul - Aug 2013 - Nor Tigerfish
  • Sept 2013 - Mar 2014 - Jaya Vigilant
  • The Prosperidade Development consists of underwater wells in water depths of approximately 50 to 200m that will be connected to an onshore LNG plant.
  • A total of 88 in-situ testing locations and 100 sampling boreholes were completed in water depths ranging between 28m to 1875m. Approximately 2011m of PCPT data, 405m of BPT data, and 101m of SCPT data were conducted. Approximately 1316m of soil samples were retrieved with a maximum borehole depth of 90m achieved. The program was carried out over 248 days using PROD3.
  • Standard offshore laboratory tests were conducted. In addition, standard soil & rock classification, visual description, logging and colour photography were carried out onboard.
2014  Jan - Mar Statoil Tanzania Gas Project, Tanzania 2760m 70m 
  • Soft to hard silty clay
  • Dense Sand
  • Variably cemented Siliceous Calcarenite
  • Jaya Valour
  • Project comprised 60 day geohazard study and pipeline and foundation design utilizing PROD2 gravity corer, and box corer were deployed to work in challenging seabed terrain in water depths of up to 2,760m.
  • More than 480m of high quality piston samples and 360m of PCPT data collected.
  • Offshore laboratory tests included water content, submerged unit weight, undrained shear strength of clays using a motorized mini vane, torvane, pocket penetrometer, fall cone, and UU triaxial testing. In addition, standard soil & rock classification, visual description, logging and colour photograph were carried onboard.
2013
Nov
Eni/Neptune Geomatics Numisia, Australia 107m 10m 
  • Carbonate silts
  • Weakly cemented calcarenite
  • Nor Captain
  • The site investigation was undertaken to enable assessment of jack-up foundation stability ahead of a proposed well drilling program at the site.
  • 4 boreholes were completed, acquiring 110m of CPT and sample data, within a carbonate silts and weakly cemented Calcarenites. Sample recoveries exceeded 90% with samples assessed as being of high quality.
  • Field operations were completed in just 2.2 operating days onsite with no weather standby incurred. 
2013
Oct - Nov
Woodside Energy Ltd Greater Western Flank, Western Australia 68m - 134m  35m 
  • Dense surficial carbonate sands, overlying variably cemented carbonate rock 
  • Nor Captain
  • 93 locations at proposed facility locations and along proposed pipeline routes
  • Approximately 810m of geotechnical data was acquired, in geologies predominately comprising dense surficial carbonate sands, overlying variably cemented carbonate rock. Box coring was also completed at some sites.
  • An average sample recovery of 70% was achieved in challenging geological conditions with sample quality assessed as being of high to very high quality
  • Field operations were completed over a period of 23 operating days, excluding weather
2013 April Neptune Geomatics Timor Sea, Australia 68m - 112m 40m 
  • Carbonite silts
  • Clays & rock 
  • Crest Odyssey 2 
  • 13 PCPT locations and sampling boreholes were completed for a number of jack-up site investigations
  • Approximately 300m in situ testing data and 67m of samples were retrieved. The maximum borehole depth reached in this investigation was 40.46m at the Evans Shoal North 1 site.
  • Sample recovery was highly satisfactory. An average sample recovery of 92% was achieved. 
2013 Mar Origin Energy Pty Ltd Yolla, Australia 79m - 85m 120m
  • Carbonate silt
  • Clays
  • Go Rigel
  •  454m of CPT data and 115m of continuous samples acquired immediately adjacent to the Origins Yolla 1 Platform
  • Record productivity of 234m within a single 24 hour period was achieved using the PROD1 system
  • Project completion in a timely manner despite weather conditions and continued operation of the platform during the course of the site investigation
2012  Jul-Dec Neptune Minerals Inc Solomon Islands 1200m 24m  Seabed massive sulphide
  • Skandi Hawk
  • 260m of piston sampling and 187m of rotary coring were completed in water depths of 1,200m
  • 25m of wash boring was completed as part of a cutting collections system trial
  • Productivity averaged 24m/day peaking at 38m/day. Recovery averaged 74%
  • Successful project completion in marginal weather conditions without health, safety or environmental issues
2012 Aug- Oct Chevron North Sea Limited Rosebank, UK 1102m - 1122m 52m Low OCR very soft to soft silty clay with presence of dropstones
  • Olympic Commander
  • 123m of piston sampling and 820m of PCPT testing were completed in 1100m water depth.
  • The project was completed successfully in rough marginal weather conditions with no health, safety or environmental incident.
  • Maximum productivity of 227m was achieved in a single 24hr interval.
2012 Apr-July Woodside Exploration Ltd Browse Basin, Western Australia 20m - 685m 76m
  • Carbonate silt
  • Sand
  • Cemented calcarenite
  • More than 2,280m of samples at 256 locations in water depths ranging between 20m and 700m
  • Maximum of 223m data recovered in 24 hours, in depths of around 600m
  • Successful project completion in marginal weather conditions
2011 Sep-Dec Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) Baku, Azerbaijan 324m 120m  Calcareous silty clay
  • Caspian Power
  • 622m of samples and CPT at 9 locations in average water depths of 127m
  • Our work was conducted adjacent to an existing platform
  • Our patented CPT achieved a depth of 120m
2011
Jul-Sep
BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Ltd Baku, Azerbaijan 72m - 538m 35m  Calcareous silty clay
  • Topaz Arrow
2,200m of samples and soundings at 77 locations in water depths from 72m to 530m
2011
Jan-Feb
Total E&P Norge AS North Sea, Norway 117m 64m
  • Dense sand
  • Silty sand overlaying clay
  • Island Enforcer
Successfully gathered geotechnical data in extreme winter metocean conditions
2010
May-Dec
Woodside Exploration Ltd Browse Basin, Western Australia 17m - 735m 138m
  • Carbonate silt
  • Sand
  • Cemented calcarenite
  • Mermain Investigator
  • More than 4,000m of samples and soundings at over 300 locations in depths from 17m to 600m.
  • Maximum of 170m data recovered in a single day
  • Maximum borehole depth 137m below mud line
2010
Aug-Sep
Total Exploration and Production Patagonia, Argentina 100m Medium dense sand overlying tertiary sedimentary geology
  • Skandi Patagonia
Successfully gathered geotechnical data at multiple locations in depths of 100m
2009
Jan-Dec 2010 
Total Exploration and Production Angola Deepwater Development, Angola 1050m - 1450m 68m Normally consolidated deepwater clays
  • DOF Geograph
  • 1,250m of samples and soundings at 66 locations in depths of 1,000m to 1,400m
  • All data acquired in 15 days of seabed operations
2009
Jul-Aug
StatoilHydro Deepwater Development, Norwegian Sea 1320m 102m Normally consolidated deepwater clays
  • Skandi Bergen
  • 725m of samples at 25 locations in depths of 1,300m
  • Using proprietary techniques, we installed permanent piezometer standpipes to depths of 100m at five sites — a world first
2009
Feb
Anzon Australia Ltd Basker Manta Development, Bass Strait, Australia 132m - 264m  41m Variably cemented calcareous sands
  • Neptune Trident
  • 245m of samples at 19 locations at depths of 132m to 264m
  • All data acquired in around 60 hours of seabed operations
  • Shallow holes were completed along a proposed pipeline route, and deep holes at proposed FPSO anchor locations, to a maximum of 41m below seabed
2009
Jan–Feb
Origin Energy Pty Ltd Bass Ceas Project, Australia 85m
  • Carbonate silts
  • Clays
  • Sands
  • Neptune Trident
  • Geotechnical site investigation both inside and outside seabed craters caused by previous jack up operations
  • 1,381m of samples in depths up to 85m
  • Maximum of 105.3m in a single day
  • All data acquired in 14.5 days of seabed operations
2008
Dec-Dec 2009
Origin Energy Pty Ltd Yolla, Trefoil & Rockhopper Fields 86m  63m 
  • Carbonate silts
  • Clays
  • Sands
  • Neptune Trident
Using a range of geophysical techniques, we helped to improve the targeting of geotechnical investigations to identify obstructions or debris that could affect deployment sites for jack-up or semi-submersible drilling spreads
2008
Sep–Dec
Chevron Australia Pty Ltd Carnarvon Basin, Australia 180m - 1350m 57m
  • Carbonate silts
  • Clays
  • Neptune Trident
  • 700m of samples at 32 locations in water depths of 180m to 1,350m, to a maximum depth of 57m below the seabed
  • Maximum of 139.4m of data in a single day
  • All data acquired in 11 days of seabed operations
  • Work completed on the steep continental shelf with slopes up to 16 degrees or in deepwater
  • PROD’s soft soil feet provided adequate support on seabeds of approximately 2kPa to 3kPa strength
2008
Jul–Aug 
Esso Australia Pty Ltd Bass Strait, Australia 60m Seabed
  • Nor Sea
  • ROV subsea pipeline inspection, including visual check of 80 km of pipeline and 221 CP stabs
  • Installation of 26 grout bags in remediation of three pipelines
2008
Jun–Jul, Aug–Sep 
Esso Australia Pty Ltd Bass Strait Australia 60m 72m 
  • Variably cemented calcareous sands
  • Sandy clays
  • Nor Sea
  • 474m of samples at a maximum depth of 72m below seabed
  • Survey successfully completed in marginal weather and challenging drilling conditions, immediately adjacent to existing production platform
2008
Mar-Apr
Eni Australia Ltd Timor Sea, Australia 20m - 52m 41m
  • Firm to stiff clays
  • Siliceous sands
  • Mermaid Investigator
  • Samples from 17 locations in depths from 20 to ­ 52m, with a maximum depth of 41m below the seabed
  • Interpretative report on spudcan penetration and stability
  • Management and reporting of laboratory test data for the FPSO site
2007
Mar-Apr
Coogee Resources Pty Ltd Montara Development, Timor Sea, Australia 76m - 98m 
  • Uncemented to well cemented carbonate soil
  • Rock
  • Nor Sea
  • 244m of samples at 21 locations in water  from 76m to 98m
  • All data acquired in 7.6 days
  • Average productivity of 43m per day
2006
Dec-Jan 2007
Apache Energy Ltd Van Gogh Development, West Australia 350m 41m
  • Carbonate sands
  • Silts
  • Mermaid Investigator
  • Samples from 43 locations in water depths of more than 350m
  • Average productivity of more than 95m per day
  • Outstanding sample quality achieved through PROD technology
2006 Jul–Aug  Woodside Exploration Ltd Browse Basin, Western Australia 20m - 500m 101m Coral reef
  • Mermaid Investigator
  • Samples and soundings at 16 locations in water depths from 20m to 500m, with a maximum depth of 100.5m below the mud line,
  • Excellent sample recovery in a range of coral reef material and on seabed slopes of up to 16 degrees
2006
Jul
AED Oil Ltd Puffin Field FPSO & Jack-up Site Investigation, Timor Sea, North West Australia 100m 32.6m 
  • Uncemented to well-cemented carbonate soil
  • Rock
  • Mermaid Investigator
  • Samples from 11 locations In depths of around 100m, with a maximum depth of 32.6m below the seabed
  • Laboratory testing and engineering interpretation to determine suitability of sites for drag anchors and jack-up foundations
2005
Nov-Feb 2006
OMV New Zealand Ltd Maari Platform Site, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand 100m 30m
  • Clay
  • Silt
  • Siliceous sand
  • ROV Supplier
  • Samples and soundings from 24 locations in water depths of around 100m, with a maximum depth of 30m below the mud line
  • All samples collected with only eight launches of PROD from the vessel
  • Sample recovery in excess of 90% and of very high quality, even in layers of loose sand, producing material suitable for advanced laboratory testing
  • The program demonstrated deficiencies in data previously collected from a ship-mounted drill system, proving advantages of seabed drilling systems
2005
Sep–Nov 
Korean Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) East Sea, South Korea 1005m - 1543m  40m
  • Turbidites
  • Sand
  • Mud
  • ROV Supplier
  • Samples and soundings from 5 locations in depths from 1,000m to 1,550m
  • Real time methane sensing during drilling with Benthic’s patented Hydrocarbon Analysis System
  • 100% sample recovery, even in areas containing shallow gas
2005
Jan–Feb 
BHP Billiton Petroleum Stybarrow & Pyrenees Exmouth Sub-Basin, Western Australia 120m - 950m 9m
  • Carbonate clays
  • Silts
  • Sands
  • Southern Supporters
Samples from 30 locations in depths from 150m to 950m using jumbo piston corer
2004
Sep
Origin Energy Resources T/18P Joint Venture Bass Ceas Project, Bass Strait Australia 29m 
  • Carbonate clays
  • Silts
  • Sands
  • Mermaid Raider
Samples from 6 locations, with a maximum depth of 29m below the mud line
2003
March-May 
Woodside Energy Thylacine & Geographe Gas Field, Otway Basin, Victoria, Australia 42m - 100m 40m
  • Limestone
  • Calcarenite
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Southern Supporter
  • Samples from 16 locations in water depths from 42m to 100mm with a maximum depth of 40m below the mud line
  • Most sites encountered cap rock requiring coring 1–2m before commencing CPT and samples
2002
Jan–Feb 
Woodside Energy North West Shelf, Western Australia 30m 
  • Carbonate silt
  • Sand
  • Calcarenite
  • Lady Christine
Samples from two locations with maximum depth of 30m below the seabed, adjacent to the Goodwyn A Production Platform
2001
Sep–Oct 
Origin Energy Bass Strait, Victoria, Australia 82m 101m
  • Carbonate clays
  • Silts
  • Sands
  • Weakly cemented calcarenite
  • Southern Surveyor
  • Samples at multiple locations in depths of 82m, with a maximum depth of 101m below the seabed
  • Results successfully used to design foundations for Bass Gas Production Platform installed in 2003
2001
May-June 
Korean Institute of Geosciences And Mineral resources. (KIGAM) East Sea, South Korea 370m
  • Turbidites
  • Sand
  • Mud
  • Barge & Tami II
  • Samples at two locations in depths of 370m
  • Successfully operated on sites with very soft soil
2000
Feb–Mar 
University of Washington, Oregon State University Puget Sound, USA 175m
  • Boulder clay
  • Mud
  • Sand
  • Thomas G. Thompson
  • Samples at multiple locations in depths of 175m
  • Extremely high quality samples acquired for a climate study conducted by the National Science Foundation