MMT initials ABB survey deal
HVDC power transmission link will run between Caithness and Moray.
MMT has been contracted by ABB to perform a pre-lay and UXO survey for a cable laying project in northern Scotland.
ABB will provide the HVDC power transmission link between Caithness and Moray, which will connect the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth.
The pre-lay and UXO survey will be performed in April 2016 and a post-lay survey is offered as an option for 2017.
MMT will carry out survey work to ensure that the route is clear from obstructions, UXO, pockmarks, boulders and so on that may affect and interfere with cable laying operations along the 113km route length between Portgordon and Noss.
Survey operations are planned to be carried out by MMT´s survey vessels M/V Franklin and SeaBeam. Seabeam will be used for coastal survey activities. The offshore geophysical survey will be performed with a hull-mounted multibeam echo sounder and a ROTV.
MMT are using a transverse gradiometer towed behind the ROTV for the UXO survey.
MMT’s chief compliance officer Ellen Svestad said: "Pre-lay and UXO surveys are parts of MMT core business, and we are very pleased to have secured this project and look forward to working with ABB again."
Image: MMT's survey work will clear the way for the HVDC cable installation (ABB)