Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
Natural Resources
August 1, 2019

Improving the Accuracy of Deep Sea Inspections

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today toured Kraken Robotics to view the progress of Seavision, an innovative technology that gives high resolution video, imaging and 3D laser modelling of stagnant subsea assets such as mooring chains.

The Provincial Government, through the Innovation and Business Investment Corporation, is contributing $540,000 to support the company’s research and development. The project is also receiving $1.2 million in cash and in-kind services from Husky Energy, with Kraken providing $450,000.

Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platforms use mooring chains to anchor to the seabed to provide platform stabilization. These floating facilities are subject to environmental conditions, and require regular integrity inspections. This project will help develop, qualify and demonstrate scanners capable of performing contactless measurements with accuracy of the installed mooring chains. Currently, FPSO Terra Nova and FPSO SeaRose are in production off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

As part of The Way Forward, the Provincial Government released Advance 2030, a commitment to position Newfoundland and Labrador as an internationally preferred location for oil and gas exploration and development – driven by an innovative, local industry that is globally competitive, environmentally responsible, and maximizes benefits to the people of the province. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“Our government continues to foster innovation and deliver on the actions of the Business Innovation Agenda through strategic R&D investments such as our support for Kraken Robotics’ Seavision project. This investment also supports the provincial government’s Advance 2030 initiative as strategic investments in R&D are critical to the development and long-term sustainability of our petroleum industry. We are committed to advancing technical solutions that will benefit the industry and contribute to economic growth of the province.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Innovation and Industry

“The oil and gas industry contributes substantially to our economy - it creates jobs, fosters innovation and leverages business opportunities. Though our plan, Advance 2030, we are supporting companies like Kraken Robotics and we are helping to facilitate the necessary collaboration, investment and industry growth required to enhance our supply and service capabilities and position this province globally as a preferred location for oil and gas development.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources

“Kraken is developing a SeaVision® 3D laser scanning service that has the potential to reduce overall operational risk and costs. The service will provide an efficient contactless measurement process that produces the required class measurement and the 3D digitalization of the FPSO mooring chains. SeaVision® can address the local and global mooring chain inspection market needs for both the oil and gas and offshore floating wind power industries. Upon project conclusion we expect to have an effective, underwater 3D laser scanning service, qualified with international classification society standards (i.e., DNV), that adds significant value for subsea asset integrity inspections.”
Karl Kenny
President & CEO, Kraken

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Advance 2030 – A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry

The Way Forward

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Media contacts
Tansy Mundon
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4570, 693-1865
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca

Lisa Lawlor
Natural Resources
709-729-5777, 631-8155
lisalawlor@gov.nl.ca

Glenda Leyte
Kraken Robotics
709-757-5757 ext:288
gleyte@krakenrobotics.com

2019 08 01                              1:20 p.m.