The Royal Navy has ordered four new oil and gas drilling machines to drill offshore in Britain as part of a £10 billion deal with the country’s biggest utility.
The Royal Engineers (RGE) will now spend the first four months of 2017 installing the four new drilling machines, which will operate from the coast of Devon, in the UK.
The machines will provide up to eight people with full access to the offshore environment, which is the second largest in the world.
The RGE will now be looking to expand its presence in the country, with a focus on the North Sea, to create new offshore jobs and boost its overall energy output.
The company said it is confident in its ability to continue operating offshore in the face of technological changes and the increasing demand for oil and natural gas.
However, RGE said it will also be investing in a number of other sectors in order to increase its operational capacity in the years ahead.
The drilling machines are the second of its kind to be installed in Britain, following a drilling rig in the South Atlantic.