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Forum’s ROV to support Indonesia’s largest copper and gold mine

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Forum Energy Technologies has secured an order from PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (Amman Mineral) to supply one of its observation class remotely operated vehicle (ROVs) to support operations at Indonesia’s second largest copper and gold mine.

The vehicle will be deployed at Batu Hijau on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, for subsea mining operations. The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system will be equipped with two five-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. The new vehicle will replace the company’s current Super Mohawk ROV and incorporates much of the existing surface equipment.

The new ROV is effective for inspection and light work tasks including non-destructive testing, seabed analysis, scientific survey and data sample collection.

This is the second time Forum has delivered one of its observation-lass ROVs for work relating to the mine, having supplied the quarry’s previous owners, PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara, with a Super Mohawk previously. Amman Mineral successfully completed the purchase of Newmont Mining Corp’s ownership stake of PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara in 2016. Since then, the company has been improving their operations efficiency and environmental compliance as part of their commitment to the implementation of good corporate governance.

“The Super Mohawk II ROV will be used to perform regular deep sea tailing placement monitoring programmes to ensure that the marine environment is highly preserved. The use of hi-tech and implementation of mining best practices demonstrate our commitments in environmental stewardship,” said Kartika Octaviana, Head of Corporate Communications Manager, Amman Mineral.

The ROV system will be manufactured at Forum’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire and delivered in 1Q21.

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