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Machine tool rental from Mirage Subsea

Posted by Simon Pownall on Feb 25, 2015 12:24:00 PM

Mirage Subsea works with operators and contractors worldwide to meet their needs for maintenance, repair and decommissioning projects involving both divers and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs).

As well as providing specialized subsea tooling and cutting solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry, Mirage Subsea offers a range of rental products for a diverse range of applications, which provide a fast, cost-effective solution – just when you need it most.

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Topics: Subsea

Reducing the cost of nuclear decommissioning through portable machines

Posted by Simon Pownall on Feb 18, 2015 10:22:00 AM


Nuclear energy continues to be a controversial subject. In the face of cheap shale gas, falling oil prices, plus the dangers highlighted by the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the benefits versus the risks of nuclear energy are still playing out.

There are 338 nuclear reactors worldwide, with almost 25% built before 1980, there are serious considerations to make not only for a replacement fuel source as the reactor reaches the end of its life, but also the cost of decommissioning to make the reactor safe for future generations.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, pipe casing and cutting

Hydroelectric stay ring repairs: How orbital milling machines can help

Posted by Simon Pownall on Feb 11, 2015 10:32:00 AM


Hydroelectric systems produce 20% of the world’s electricity, making them an integral part of the energy-producing industries. As both the age and reliance on these systems continues to increase, the integrity of the hydropower generating facilities will be called into question.

Whilst many OEMs would concentrate on ‘common repairs’ including pumps, spherical and butterfly valve and cavitation repairs, the often-overlooked importance of stay ring and stay vane repairs are just as important.

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Topics: orbital milling machine

3D animation: Mirage subsea diamond wire saw product demonstration

Posted by Simon Pownall on Feb 4, 2015 10:32:00 AM

Mirage’s Diamond Wire Saw is designed for underwater cutting on multistring casings, piles, platform legs and wellheads; ideal for quickly cutting through dissimilar materials and resisting compressive forces. Mirage’s DWS is a practical, cost effective cutting tool used to get the job done.

Using an abrasive cutting technology that is extremely effective in different subsea environments, the wire allows circular cutting on all sides, preventing the wire from getting pinched on materials that would otherwise damage lathe and mill type tooling.

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Topics: diamond wire saw

Why hot tapping and line stopping in the water industry are vital

Posted by Simon Pownall on Jan 28, 2015 1:35:00 PM


Leakage is a major issue for the UK water industry; with over 3 billion litres of water lost every day, it can be a difficult and an expensive issue to fix.

On top of that, maintaining and repairing over 210,000 miles of water pipes across the UK can be a challenging problem for service companies and maintenance contractors.

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Topics: hot tapping, line stopping


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