Biodiversity Showcase "Development of an ROV for a Marine Diversity and Environmental Study" and "Marine Survey and Training Project"

17 May 2019

Development of an ROV for a Marine Diversity and Environmental Study

PTTEP in association with the Training Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/TD), King Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) and the Institute of Marine Science of Burapha University jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for the marine environment and a marine habitat survey. This project underscores the environmentally friendly petroleum exploration and production practices at PTTEP's wellhead platforms. It is worthwhile to note as well that this cooperation marks the first time ever in Thailand that an ROV has been developed for an environmental purpose. In 2016, this ROV was launched to survey the artificial reef at Rayong province and other locations in the Gulf of Thailand. PTTEP’s expectation is that this ROV will be able to support research or surveys for marine resources. The Company also highlights that using an ROV is much safer than traditional diving. This approach is also special because it has real time monitoring capability. In 2017 PTTEP has employed this same ROV to monitor biodiversity and the marine environment under PTTEP offshore platforms and at the PTTEP artificial reef project.

Marine Survey and Training Project

The PTTEP marine survey and training project continually encourages researchers to survey fisheries resources and the marine environment in the Central Gulf of Thailand. The project was opened to researchers, as well as to students in related fields, to additionally provide vital learning opportunities to those with experience in using survey equipment in the field. A collaborative project between a number of related research institutes and organizations has been publishing research papers relating to Gulf of Thailand resources and environment, enabling management to utilize the nation’s natural resources in the Gulf of Thailand in an even more effective and sustainable manner.