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Fugro starts work on Abu Dhabi geotechnical survey

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Fugro has announced that it has been appointed to undertake a programme of geophysical and geotechnical surveys for Artelia, Abu Dhabi as part of the Hail and Ghasha development.

The landmark project by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, located offshore in the Arabian Gulf, will unlock development of the company’s largest sour gas field project.

According to Fugro, its ability to provide turnkey survey solutions was a key factor in the award of the contract following a highly competitive bidding process.

In order to meet the fast track schedule Fugro mobilised to the Ghasha field with specialised equipment including self-elevating platforms for geotechnical work and crew accommodation. In the Hail field, an inter-tidal shoal area, it is conducting surveys with amphibious buggies while in deeper water, marine geophysical and bathymetric surveys are being performed using its state-of-the-art survey vessel Fugro Proteus.

“The geotechnical scope includes boreholes, grab samples, vibrocores, cone penetration tests, pressuremeters and down hole seismic,” said Fugro project delivery manager Chris Arnott. Bathymetric, multibeam echo sounder, tide gauges, ultra high resolution seismic sub-bottom profiling, magnetometer and side scan sonar make up the geophysical survey activities at the site.

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