Offshore services provider DeepOcean has been awarded a contract for the provision of post-lay trenching and backfilling works on 56km of power cable offshore the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Offshore Energy Today.

The company’s spokesperson told Offshore Energy Today that the power cable would be used to power an offshore oil field, but did not disclose any other information regarding the cable.

The post-lay trenching and backfilling works are scheduled to commence late 2017 with DeepOcean’s T1 mobilized from the UK after the completion of an extensive upgrade, Offshore Engineer informed. According to the news portal, the 25 Te self-loading trencher T1 has successfully completed over 1650 km of subsea trenches for cables and pipelines up to 20 inches.

After the upgrade, T1 is designed to cut a subsea trench with a maximum depth of 1.4 meters in various soil conditions up to 40MPa. The trencher is also capable of carrying out mechanical backfill operations to assist in cable protection.