Polish company LOTOS Petrobaltic, part of multi-energy concern ORLEN, has ordered Saab’s Seaeye Leopard work-class robotic vehicle to service underwater infrastructure within Poland’s B3 and B8 oil fields in the Baltic Sea.
After evaluating other work vehicles on the market, LOTOS Petrobaltic has chosen the Seaeye Leopard for its versatility and ability to accommodate far more equipment options for a wider range of tasks.
Current tasks include the comprehensive inspection of underwater structures, construction cleaning, cutting, dredging for inspection, basic support for head installations, and support for diving teams.
The Leopard’s adaptability is particularly important for LOTOS Petrobaltic. The vehicle’s design means it can be expanded and configured to perform comprehensive measurements, underwater works, and inspections for a wide range of customers. It will be equipped with a survey package to include multi-beam sonar, LIDAR, and a pipe tracker.
Their current Leopard configuration includes a Sonardyne DVL/INS survey system, Sprint-Nav INS, Digital Edge recording and event system, five cameras including Kongsberg HD system, also One Laser for video and measurement, Tritech Super SeaKing sonar, a seven-function manipulator, Schilling Orion gripper, electric torque tool, rotary disc cutter, WeSubsea dredge system, FlexiClean cleaning tool, water jet system and CaviBlaster, Cygus ultrasonic thickness gauge, multiplex survey pod, and tooling sled.
The Leopard package includes a tophat tether management system (TMS), an ‘A’ Frame launch and recovery system (LARS), and a custom control cabin.
At the same time, LOTOS Petrobaltic is preparing their supply vessel, Bazalt II, as a dedicated operational platform for the Leopard, including adapting it to receive the LARS system and the custom-configured control cabin, along with additional peripheral systems.
The 3000m-rated Seaeye Leopard is its class’s top-selling electric work vehicle and the most powerful of its size in the world, enabling it to tackle large and complex work tasks previously performed by much larger hydraulic systems.
At half the size of an equivalent hydraulic work vehicle, operators find the Leopard more agile, responsive, and able to handle stronger currents and wave motion. It can also tolerate higher environmental temperature ranges and has a considerable acoustic advantage for survey work over hydraulic equivalents.
LOTOS Petrobaltic implements the strategic objectives of the ORLEN Capital Group in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons.