Under the sea

AGR Group has announced that its Aberdeen-based subsidiary, AGR Subsea, has signed an agreement with StatoilHydro for global provision of seabed excavation services.

The agreement is for three years with options to extend for two extra two-year periods.

AGR Subsea performs excavation projects with the ClayCutter X route-preparation system, which uses high-pressure water delivered by AGR’s 9,000hp portable pumps to cut trenches in seabed soils.

The frame agreement follows efforts earlier in the year to prepare pipeline routes on the Southern Extension of the Ormen Lange field on the Norwegian continental shelf.

John Sands, AGR Subsea general manager and head of AGR’s excavation and trenching division, said: ‘This frame agreement reflects the excellent performance of the new generation ClayCutter X and our high-power pumps. It supports AGR’s commitment to continually develop new technology to reduce cost and risk for our clients and stay ahead of our competition.’