Ramora UK, a leading global provider of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) services and related training, played a key role in helping oil and gas operator Chevron North Sea Ltd deal with an unexploded mine found at a depth of 1118 metres (3667ft).
Of World War II vintage, the British Mk IV Buoyant Mine was of the classic spherical design with protruding electrical switch horns, familiar from so many films and documentaries, and weighed 1200 lbs in total with a NEQ (net explosive quantity) of 500lbs. The mine had first to be moved a distance of 1.5 miles and then detonated safely with an ROV-placed charge. To carry out the procedure, Ramora UK made full use of its purpose-built maritime Remote Explosive Ordnance Disposal System (REODS).
Ramora UK's Managing Director David Welch MIExpE commented:
"This was a highly significant undertaking for everyone involved. The item presented a risk to delaying the exploration drilling programme. But what made the operation particularly exciting was the opportunity to deploy our expertise and technology at a record breaking depth".
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