Serpent project nominated for EU environment award

Monday, Apr 21, 2008

The SERPENT (Scientific & Environmental ROV Partnership using. Existing Industrial Technology) Project, of which Subsea 7 is a founding partner, has been nominated as one of only a handful of finalists at this year’s prestigious EU European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) from a selection of 86 UK entries.

The project makes use of camera equipped ROVs owned and operated by industry partners in connection with offshore oil and gas engineering and intervention operations. 

In the industry, it is recognised that there are periods of standby time during operational activity, it is during this timeframe that ROVs are encouraged to assess the marine life on and around the deep-water sites allowing unique stills and spectacular video footage to be taken, collated and passed onto the scientific community for their review and interpretation in order to enable a greater understanding of the marine environment. 

These impressive images are also used to involve local
communities working on the projects including being used for educational purposes with local school children.

Keith Dewar, Senior Environmental Advisor at Subsea 7, commented: “We are very pleased about being nominated as finalists in this prestigious award. From its humble beginnings in a small area of the UK Continental Shelf the project has grown and developed and has now turned into a thriving global operation, bringing together the commercial and academic worlds. Being recognised as one of the most innovative green projects in Europe has really bowled us over.” 

The EBAE gather the best environmentally innovative businesses from 27 member states within the EU, and offer the opportunity for these select few to showcase their achievements to a wider, international audience.

Held once every two years, the next awards will be held this June.

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