Modus, a North East subsea services company, which is pioneering the next generation of subsea robotics, has commissioned its control room in Darlington, the culmination of a £24m investment programme.

Modus has developed the application of fully automated, low cost, carbon-zero inspection and maintenance services using subsea Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to map underwater topography and inspect pipelines, cabling and structures.

These hybrid vehicles combine the characteristics of a Remotely Operated Vehicle, which is linked to the surface, and an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, which can operate without such a link. The vehicles can be deployed internationally and operated from the Darlington control room.

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The investment includes four HAUVs, two of which are in service, with the third and fourth to be delivered in October 22 and mid 2023 respectively.

The company welcomed the Right Honourable Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and Darlington MP Peter Gibson, to officially open the centre and Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “It’s genuinely world-leading, UK-first technology and I’m so proud that it’s here in Darlington

“There’s amazing, brilliant leadership in this sector and Modus is absolutely leading the way. It’s so exciting to hear the opportunities that are coming forward for this technology, and I want to make sure that it’s heard around the world: ‘made in Darlington, sold to the world’. “

Nick Tompkins, CEO of Modus Ltd, said: “We are extremely proud of our work at Modus, investing to develop world-leading capabilities to supply global markets, from our base right here in the North East.

“The technological capability we are offering to the offshore and subsea sectors provides a greener, more cost-effective and higher quality product than those currently available.”

Peter Gibson added: “There are tremendous opportunities from a military, oil and gas and a whole subsea perspective that will be fantastic for our region.”