Fugro has deployed a new survey vessel to Egypt to conduct sampling at the Zohr natural gas field, Egypt Oil & Gasreports.

The Kobi Ruegg is conducting sampling on behalf of Saipem. It will then conduct geographical surveys for Shell and Pico, according to the company’s press release.

The survey vessel, Kobi Ruegg, is capable of conducting geophysical surveys and geotechnical sampling.

The vessel is replacing the Fugro Navigator and will be based out of Abu Qir in Alexandria in order to service Fugro’s clients in the Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean.

In July, Saipem signed a $900 million contract to conduct engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) activities at Zohr. The company is also responsible for the installation of two pipelines for the oilfield and the development of four deepwater wells, Egypt Oil & Gas previously reported.

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