Nautilus Minerals has signed agreements with United Engineering Services LLC (UES) to provide support services for wet testing of the Seafloor Production Equipment to be used in seafloor mining at the Solwara 1 project in Papua New Guinea.

The agreements also provide for storage of the equipment as it is delivered from various suppliers prior to integration onto the Production Support Vessel (PSV).

The first of the equipment to be tested will be the three Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs), which are due for delivery from the Soil Machine Dynamics facility in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, early in 2016.

Each machine is undergoing rigorous commissioning and factory acceptance testing which has been conducted in dry conditions on land.

Once delivered, the SPTs will undergo extensive wet testing at Duqm Port in Oman which is designed to provide a submerged demonstration of the fully assembled SPTs and will involve submerged testing of:

  • Control systems operations and feedback;
  • Hydraulic functioNautilus to wet test seafloor equipment

Nautilus Minerals has signed agreements with United Engineering Services LLC (UES) to provide support services for wet testing of the Seafloor Production Equipment to be used in seafloor mining at the Solwara 1 project in Papua New Guinea.

The agreements also provide for storage of the equipment as it is delivered from various suppliers prior to integration onto the Production Support Vessel (PSV).

The first of the equipment to be tested will be the three Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs), which are due for delivery from the Soil Machine Dynamics facility in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, early in 2016.

Each machine is undergoing rigorous commissioning and factory acceptance testing which has been conducted in dry conditions on land.

Once delivered, the SPTs will undergo extensive wet testing at Duqm Port in Oman which is designed to provide a submerged demonstration of the fully assembled SPTs and will involve submerged testing of:

  • Control systems operations and feedback;
  • Hydraulic functions;
  • Collection system functions; and
  • Survey and visualization systems.

On completion of the wet testing, the SPTs will be stored at UES facilities in Duqm for preservation and maintenance until integration on the PSV which is expected to occur in 2017.

Nautilus’ CEO Mike Johnston said, “It is very exciting to have the SPTs fully assembled as we prepare for wet testing. We appreciate the ongoing support from our largest shareholder, MB Holding Company LLC, who is assisting us with the wet testing and provision of storage facilities in Oman.

“We look forward to the next phase of development to wet test our equipment as we work towards commencing our seafloor operations in quarter one of 2018.”

UES is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MB Holding Company, which holds, directly or indirectly, approximately 27% of Nautilus’ issued and outstanding shares and has two nominee directors on the board.

UES has been a pillar of Oman’s engineering services for more than three decades catering to the fields of oil & gas, and power generation & water. UES is an international company with multiple facilities in Oman, UK and Malaysia with more facilities expected to be set up internationally in the near future.

UES has also successfully integrated into the fields of mining, marine and defence. It has operations in more than 22 countries worldwide and more than 6000 employees.

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