Nautilus takes delivery of seafloor mining tools

Nautilus has taken delivery of three seafloor mining tools for its underwater Solwara 1 project.

The three machines, built by Soil Machine Dynamics in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the UK, are now on their way to the project in Papua New Guinea.

With the delivery of the machines seafloor production operations are on track to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

It follows dry testing of the 310 tonne deep sea ore harvesters earlier this year.

“The Solwara 1 Joint Venture partners are delighted to have achieved this major milestone and we are looking forward to undertaking the extensive wet testing program that we have planned,” Nautilus CEO Mike Johnston said.

“Whilst the SPTs are the product of extensive collaboration with a wide range of industry leading groups, I would like to make special mention of SMD. SMD’s world leading expertise in the design, operation and maintenance of deep water robotics, cutting and trenching equipment has been instrumental in the development of the SPTs. We look forward to continuing our relationship with SMD during the wet testing program and into the production phase of the Solwara 1 Project."



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