Being a completely enclosed and covered system, the Seamor ROV showed itself to be the ROV of choice for these sorts of surveys. Having high torque thrusters to enable the ROV to access every point within the reservoir, powerful LED lighting to illuminate the zero light environment, and a high definition Sony camera, capable of zooming in of assets underwater without taking the reservoir offline, allowed the BHP engineers to have extreme confidence in what they were seeing, and how to rectify any issues with the least amount of impact to the reservoir operation.
On reviewing the operation, Paul had this to say about the exercise -
We did get very good images and these are now being reviewed by our engineers...
The fast mobilization to site was excellent and Simon and Michael's performance was outstanding.
Thanks to Michael and Simon Wright for their level of professionalism, Paul Pengilly at BHP, Darryl Hamlyn from Monadelphous Engineering, and all those who assisted in the extremely fast and efficient mobilisation to an extremely remote part of the country.
We look forward to assisting the guys out at Olympic Dam again in the near future!