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As the offshore petroleum industry in Newfoundland and Labrador has grown and evolved, so too have the oil and gas capabilities of Afonso Group. We have provided pipe-related and/or diving services to the Terra Nova project, Hibernia and North Atlantic Petroleum.

We have access to remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and there are trained and experienced ROV operators on staff to meet the ongoing needs of this demanding industry. We inspect fixed and floating platforms for underwater damage and corrosion, and can assist in sub-sea installation projects.

We are aware of the high standards of safety and environmental protection that are applied by oil and gas companies, and are fully compliant and certified to ISO 9002 standards.

Our equipment and expertise in support of the offshore oil and gas industry include:
  • Downhole video inspection
  • Confined space entry
  • Process pipe inspection
  • Hot Tapping (Pressurized Systems)
  • Sea Water Value Inspections (Without Divers)
  • Pipe Lining (½" to 12" diameter)

We have a full range of closed-circuit video systems, including compact, high performance cameras, which allow us to perform reliable downhole inspections for offshore oil and gas developments. Afonso Group has performed inspections of sub-surface safety valves for Hibernia, as well as trouble shooting work when equipment or materials have become jammed in the wellbore. In fact, Afonso Group has achieved a 100% success rate in locating, identifying and removing obstructions from wells.


Our offshore inventory includes a containerized confined space entry kit, including certified, explosion proof compressors that can supply air for up to four persons on a continuous, 24 hour basis. The container is pre-packed for immediate, incident-free transportation offshore. It includes umbilicals, air panels, low pressure and high pressure back up systems, certified breathing masks, and all necessary peripherals. The kit is staffed by a minimum of two technicians, who have comprehensive Confined Space Entry training.


Using closed circuit video cameras, we perform corrosion monitoring and weld integrity inspection on process pipe systems. Perhaps our most challenging assignment to date has been the inspection of pipeline systems on the Terra Nova FPSO, the ground-breaking Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel for the Terra Nova oil field, offshore Newfoundland. This project involved the complete and thorough inspection of every pipe on the FPSO, including hydrocarbon, firewater, potable water and all other pipe systems, to ensure that all joints were sound and technical specifications were met. We have also performed pipe cleaning and inspection service for the North Atlantic Petroleum refinery in Come by Chance.

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