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The RTJ flange: An introduction for oil and gas engineers

Posted by Simon Pownall on Aug 25, 2015 11:05:00 AM


Knowing the basics of all flanges, connections and pipelines you work with can make it easier to maintain the quality and efficiency of the product. Despite being especially developed for the petroleum and petrochemical industry, the RTJ flange (ring type joint) still runs into the same problems as any other flange would.

To guide you through the best practice maintenance, here’s our introduction for oil and gas engineers on RTJ flanges.

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Topics: flanges

Is this the best pipe cutting machine for subsea wellhead projects?

Posted by Simon Pownall on Aug 18, 2015 10:30:00 AM


As the requirement for better pipe cutting machine technology increases from those completing riser assemblies, caisson assemblies and subsea wellhead projects, it is the responsibility of portable machine experts to find the solution.

Mirage Machines has worked on and introduced their new MSF – a split frame pipe cutting machine dedicated to significantly improving the efficiency of pipecutting operations on infrastructure composed of heat-resistant, stainless steel and super duplex metals.

As well as improved efficiency, the new self-squaring capability of the MSF also reduces the risk of installation error during operations and has a much quicker set-up process – maximising the operational run time of your applications. Here’s a more detailed look at the pipe cutting machine…

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Topics: pipe casing and cutting

3 essential tools every oil and gas decommissioning project must include

Posted by Simon Pownall on Aug 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Decommissioning is now a key part of the oil and gas industry. Whilst costs continue to rise to plug and abandon platform wells, the pressure across the whole industry to complete the applications as quickly and cheaply as possible is being felt.

Whilst many operators will look towards cutting people and processes to keep costs low, few will think about their tooling and how portable machinery could significantly save money and time – helping to reach those bottom line objectives.

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Topics: platform decommissioning

Mirage launch decommissioning oil and gas buyer's guide

Posted by Simon Pownall on Aug 6, 2015 3:28:39 PM



Mirage have launched a new buyer’s guide dedicated to operators and engineers completing decommissioning oil and gas projects over the next few years.

Decommissioning has become the buzzword in the offshore industry since the turn of the decade. Dwindling oil prices combined with an ever-maturing basin in the UKCS has turned operators’ attention towards decommissioning their ageing assets, big and small.

The North Sea alone will see flagship decom projects come to fruition with Brent, Miller, Murchison and Thames already well under way towards their seven-year deadline. The offshore industry are sure to keep a close eye on these projects in their quest to complete a field decommission in a cost effective and efficient manner.

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Topics: platform decommissioning

The hot tapping machine procedure explained

Posted by Simon Pownall on Jul 28, 2015 8:05:00 AM


On a basic level, hot tapping is an installation procedure that connects pipelines whilst they remain in service. It is implemented when repairs to pipelines are required, due to damage or corrosion, or if the operator has decides to add branches to modify their current network.

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Topics: hot tapping


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