Fugro is building a remote operations centre (ROC) in the company’s St. John’s office, located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The ultra-modern communications hub is scheduled for completion in Q4 2022 and will complement Fugro’s global network of ROCs, which make it possible to complete offshore operations onshore via remote and autonomous technologies. For Fugro’s clients in eastern Canada, this will mean safer, more efficient and more sustainable delivery of marine geodata and related services.
The St. John’s ROC is being funded in part by the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Recovery Assistance Fund, a programme of the provincial and federal governments. It was selected for funding based on the ROC’s local employment opportunities, environmental benefits and support to existing oil and gas installations.
Expanding Remote and Autonomous Services
In addition to building the onshore communications hub, Fugro will upgrade their equipment on selected offshore client assets to facilitate remote services. Fugro will also offer their remote and autonomous services to non-oil and gas clients both locally and abroad, while expanding a diverse and inclusive local employment pool.
Pat Byrne, Fugro’s Marine Asset Integrity Manager in Canada, stated: “We are thrilled to have the government’s support on building an ROC in our St. John’s office and we are proud to help lead the region’s digital transformation, accelerating and enhancing the application of remote operations in the region to reduce the carbon footprint of energy development. Fugro has been moving in this direction for some time and we have seen tangible and significant benefits from our advances in digital technology worldwide.”