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Sub sea elliptical milling for the Siri platform explained

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 15, 2014 12:41:00 PM

gantry_millMarred by problems from the start of the project, the Siri platform's costs soared to $617m, almost double the original estimates.

One of the main problems was found during a routine inspection in August 2009 when the company discovered cracks in the nose of the platform’s subsea oil tank. No pollution occurred, but the production was shut down for five months as a safety measure and re-started in January 2010 after implementation of a temporary solution.

The Siri platform continued to require bespoke solutions, tooling and techniques to get it into a better state of repair.

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Topics: Subsea, milling

In focus: LB3060 (1.5 - 24") Portable Line Boring Machine

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 12, 2014 1:24:00 AM


In this regular feature for the Mirage blog we'll be taking an in-depth look at a specific portable machine tool.This week we're inspecting the LB3060 (1.5 - 24") Portable Line Boring Machine.


This modular line boring machine, used for buckets, hinge pins, gearboxes and many more applications, is an easy-to-use tool for any roughing and finishing feeds.

With the drive and feed being modular components common to the LB30 range, the tooling is available in either a pneumatic, hydraulic or electric drive. It is also complete with a high torque geared bar drive and standard 24" boring stroke.

The LB3060 can also utilise existing boring bars for quicker set-up, usage and set down.

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Topics: line boring machine, portable line boring machine

$500m UK North Sea oil investment indicates continuing strength

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 10, 2014 10:43:00 AM


The continuing appeal of the UK’s offshore oil fields was once again underlined this past week after Siccar Point Energy received a significant $500m investment.

Blackstone and Blue Water Energy are providing the joint figure and Siccar, a relatively new company, are planning to make use of the funds to build steadily.

Jonathan Roger, Chief Executive of Siccar Point, suggested that the company would look to purchase marginal or mature oil fields.

“We will acquire assets that will....get 100% of our focus, whereas for others they are the tail-end of the business, so they struggle to compete for resources and manpower,” he said.

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Topics: Oil news, Oil and Gas Industry

5 key findings: BP's statistical review of world energy 2014

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 8, 2014 4:05:00 PM


BP have launched their 63rd Statistical Review of World Energy, aimed at providing the industry, media and governments with facts of energy consumption and ouput...

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Topics: Oil news, Oil and Gas Industry

Completing a vessel plate weld and vessel nozzle weld profile project

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 5, 2014 9:25:00 AM


A project requiring vessel welding took Mirage Machines to Saudi Arabia to complete a recent job.

The client required nozzle weld profiles as well as vessel plate welding meaning machining was required to complete the jobs within tight dimensions and at an unorthodox angle.

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Topics: milling, vessel nozzle weld profiles, vessel weld preparation