Balmoral Offshore Engineering

 

Balmoral Offshore Engineering featured its new ROV buoyancy plant. Remotely operated vehicles and autonomously operated vehicles are becoming progressively more sophisticated in the tasks being demanded of them – from oceanographic survey and installation work to oil and gas exploration and production applications.

The ever-increasing global demand for all classes of vehicles, and the corresponding requirement for buoyancy packs, has seen Aberdeen-based Balmoral Offshore Engineering completely overhaul its ROV buoyancy production capability into a dedicated centre of excellence at its city HQ.

Following a £1m+ investment in the plant and supporting infrastructure, Jim Milne, chairman and managing director of Balmoral, told OI 2016: “Although the energy sector is suffering at the moment we have seen an upturn in demand for ROVs around the world. This helped us make the decision to overhaul our buoyancy processing facility and increase production capacity so that we can meet customers’ lead times which are becoming increasingly short.

“Our impressive new milling and boring CNC capability has made a huge difference in terms of improved manufacturing tolerances as well as product processing time.”

The new facility incorporates an end-to-end process that includes design, testing, temperature-controlled curing facilities and a state-of-the-art buoyancy block boring and milling plant.

By bringing the complete process in-house Balmoral now creates intricate ROV/AUV buoyancy profiles with virtually no size limitations at its CAD/CAM-controlled operation. www.balmoraloffshore.com

 

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