M2 Subsea unveils new test tank at Westhill base

Aberdeenshire company M2 Subsea, a global supplier of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services, has unveiled a new, purpose-built test tank at its headquarters in Westhill.

The indoor tank, which can hold more than 16,000 gallons of water, has been created for the primary purpose of testing ROVs and ancillary equipment.

M2 said it allowed it to be in total control of asset testing, from planning to completion, while delivering a “rapid turnaround” of results before kit is sent out for projects offshore.

The tank is commercially available for subsea manufacturers and service providers to rent, either with or without one of M2 Subsea’s ROVs. The facility has already been used by Acteon Group for product testing.

M2 Subsea chief executive Mike Arnold said: “The commissioning of the test tank offering at our Aberdeen base is a great benefit.

“The facility provides us and the local subsea market with a high-quality area for the wet testing of new equipment and will allow for us to test assets more quickly and effectively.”

He added: “The tank provides M2 Subsea with complete control over the testing process and enables us to deliver clients exactly to their requirements.

“We are also able to access the data gathered and provide reports in an efficient manner as there are no third-party data companies involved.

“This will prove invaluable to ensuring we are continually improving our services across the oil and gas industry, as well as for the renewable and decommissioning sectors.”

Founded by Mr Arnold, Mark Corley, Mark Wood and Mike Winstanley, M2 secured a multimillion-pound investment from private-equity firm Alchemy Special Opportunities late last year.

The cash injection allowed the firm to acquire a fleet of ROVs from failed oilfield services and inspection repair company Harkand Group.

M2 moved into Cumberland House at Westhill, earlier this year.

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