The world’s first commercial onshore controlled ROV operations have commenced at IKM Subsea’s headquarters in Bryne, Norway.

In the near future up to three Work class ROVs and 1 Observation ROV on Statoil’s Snorre B and Visund installations will be controlled from IKM Subsea’s onshore control centre.

One of the Work Class ROVs (RROV) has been designed and engineered to be permanently based on the seabed and will only be brought to surface for periodic maintenance.

The Company Acceptance Test (CAT) with Statoil was completed recently with the ROV at Snorre B and the dual control centre is now up and running.

IKM says it foresees a potential significant cost saving for its clients with less POB and increasing operational time offshore for the ROVs.

Hans Fjellanger Business Development Manager at IKM Subsea, said that with this setup and proven technology in place the company says ts sees this as the first of many stepping stones into the future of ROV technology for IKM Subsea.