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    Innovo’s INNODRIVE reel drive system completes a remarkable 15 months’ umbilical laying and spooling activity with 0% downtime

Innovo’s INNODRIVE reel drive system completes a remarkable 15 months’ umbilical laying and spooling activity with 0% downtime

Photo: Innovo’s INNODRIVE Reel Drive System during operation in Palermo

Innovo has recently completed work for a global contractor in the Mediterranean Sea that has seen the INNODRIVE reel drive system achieve 70% utilisation, 0 hours’ maintenance and 0% downtime. The contractor selected Innovo’s INNODRIVE ahead of competitors thanks to the system’s unrivalled reliability and following successful previous contract delivery with Innovo.
Stefano Malagodi, general manager of Innovo, said, “The INNODRIVE is our response to the demand from operators and contracts for a powerful, reliable and quick-to-mobilise reel drive system for today’s market.
“It can transport 800 ton reels in a sea-state of eight with only the hub engaged and without sea-fastenings. We believe this makes it not only the largest available worldwide, but also the most economical thanks to time savings.
“Customers have the added advantage of using our Electrical Driven Lay Spread (EDLS) system which we provide in partnership with Sparrows Group. It enables us to reduce the staff dedicated to system operation by up to 40%.
“These figures demonstrate that Innovo is well-placed to deliver the cost savings and predictably reliable equipment that the market demands.”
Innovo is unique in being the only company with 10 years’ experience in designing, building and operating electrical reel drive systems. Safety and reliability are key and the INNODRIVE system is fully certified by Lloyd’s Register. The INNODRIVE 800 is the most powerful system on the market with a product capacity of 800 mT, peak torque of 350 mT at full speed, peak pull of 318 mT at full speed and Dynamic Amplification Factor (DAF) of 1.3.

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    Sparrows Group and Innovo complete first electric reel drive system contract

Sparrows Group and Innovo complete first electric reel drive system contract

Sparrows Group and leading engineering and manufacturing firm Innovo have deployed Innovo’s new electric drive 700 Te multi-reel drive system for the first time. Sparrows was hired by a global energy services provider to deliver the system and personnel for an umbilical laying operation off the coast of Trinidad.

The 700 Te reel drive system is the largest capacity in the rental market and the electric drive provides better control for offshore operations, in this instance allowing the umbilical to be laid directly from the system therefore reducing the deck space required.

The work saw the collaborative team commission and test the 700 Te reel drive system at Sparrows’ facility in Aberdeen before the modular unit was shipped to Trinidad.

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Zero Maintenance, Zero Downtime

Innovo has deployed three large Reel Drive Systems (RDS) in the last 12 months, in the Caspian Sea and South America. The RSDs have worked on contract continuously for a total of 15 months and the results are impressive:

0 hours of equipment maintenance
0 hours of vessel downtime

These figures demonstrate the major benefits of Innovo’s electrical technology: optimum performance with high levels of reliability.

Floating dock launching ceremony – Abu Dhabi

INNOVO management attended the launching ceremony of the floating dock of ABU DHABI SHIP BUILDING.
INNOVO is proud to be a business partner of ABU DHABI SHIP BUILDING.


It has been a great week at Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC 2016): lots of interesting meetings and professional people with a brave enthusiasm in a really challenging market. INNOVO is walking into the future

INNOVO @ SMM Hamburgh

As part of the European SME Instrument Champions of HORIZON 2020,

INNOVO attended the framework program of MariMatch at SMM, Hamburgh, a dedicated pitching event for the most innovative SMEs in maritime sector.

INNOVO was selected for funding out of the tough competition of applicants for EU Programme for Research and Innovation.

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Shah Deniz Stage 2: Mission Report

During the Full Field Development of the giant project Shah Deniz Stage 2, Innovo supply to Saipem S.p.A. two Powered Reel Drive systems complete with level winder to lay simultaneously two umbilical in piggy back over a 14” pipeline. Innovo personnel has been efficiently supporting Saipem during the reassembly of the system, the mobilization on board PLBH Vessel and during seatrials with a team of 12 technicians working on 24 hours in order to covers every possible requirement: supervisor, field engineers, electricians, hydraulics and software engineer. On a later stage, during the three months offshore campaign, 4 off operators/technicians have been involved during the operations in order to guarantee the continuous laying activities and perform the required maintenance to the systems to ensure its operability. 6 reels of approx. 150 Ton have been installed and laid for a  total amount of 18km of product. The campaign was completed incident free and on time during August 2016 with demob activities completion. Thanks to all the team involved, great and safe job!

Shah Deniz 2 Offshore Campaign

INNOVO, Since the beginning of Shah Deniz 2 Offshore Campaign, Innovo personnel has been efficiently supporting Saipem on board PLBH Vessel by operating the 2-off Reel Drive Systems that Innovo delivered to Saipem 2 years ago.

INNOVO wish to thank all the team who worked in PLBH Vessel (Baku), nice job guys, Mission Accomplished.

Mafumeira Sul Project

INNOVO have successfully completed an installation scope of work for Saipem SA on the Mafumeira Sul Project (, off the coast of Soho, Angola.
 The scope of work involved the installation of 2-off Subsea power cables in the Mafumeira Sul offshore field at a water depth of 48m.
 INNOVO supplied a 10T Hydraulic Tensioner (in collaboration with Sparrows Group) and a team of supervisor and technicians to operate the Tensioner and support Saipem during the cable laying campaign.
 The campaign was completed incident free and on time during Q1-Q2 2016.
Stefano Malagodi  - INNOVO’s Managing Director said “ INNOVO Engineering and Construction Limited are delighted with the successful completion of this project. This shows our diversification from not only renting our INNODRIVE 700 Reel Drive System but also being able to offer our clients tensioner system rental for any type of offshore lay or recovery project in collaboration with Sparrows Group globally.”
 Stewart Mitchell – Sparrows Group CEO said “Sparrows Group’s track record and expertise in Tensioner supply and operations along with our capability to support projects globally has worked very well on this project. INNOVO’s relationship with SAIPEM SA has allowed us to win this work and offer a joint solution to our customer in order to successfully deliver this service. Together we can offer a cost effective, technically advanced and reliable solution to our clients on a global scale. We are responsive and adaptable to any client requirements and look forward to further enhancing our collaboration with INNOVO in future projects.”

Partnership between INNOVO and Sparrows Group

Many Oil & Gas Magazines are talking about the partnership between INNOVO and Sparrows Group: we provide the Offshore Industry with the first fully electric-drive flexible cable and pipe lay system for rental.
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