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Drilling Machines: How far down can companies drill for oil?

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM


How deep can drilling machines go before the extreme heat and pressure makes them inoperable?

This infographic, courtesy of Visual Capitalist, provides the answer by illustrating the incredible depth of the world’s deepest oil well, the Z-44 Chayvo Well, which is located in eastern Russia.

For those of you interested in finding out more about on-site machines used for maintaining oil wells and petrochemical installations, we recommend you take a look at the Mirage machines website, where you can view product specifications of portable machine tools, download case srtudies and watch videos.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry

20 opportunities for on-site machining at future LNG Projects in North and South America

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 23, 2017 9:10:19 AM


Back in April, we published an article Portable on-site machine tool applications for LNG construction projects and with LNG activity set to increase, we thought it would be useful to update you on the LNG projects planned in the North and South America regions. The information taken from EIC DataStream lists potential projects which are either at the feasibility or the Pre-Feed (Front engineering design) stages. 

We’ve listed these by project value in descending order in an easy to read graphic format, along with a little more background information.

IfaAfter reading the article you want to know more about the relevant machining products we recommend you check out our earlier blog post, or download one of our product buyers guides using the button below.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, lng pipe connections

Why do oil prices fluctuate?- An insight for oil and gas engineers

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 27, 2016 9:14:50 AM

Many of Mirage's customers are on-site engineering service companies, who use our portable on-site machining products for a wide range of oil and gas machining projects.  

The recent collapse in oil prices has made life very tough for these companies. Over production by OPEC (The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) has played a significant part, but as the infographic below published by Jones Oil shows us, there are many other factors which can also cuase oil prices to fluctuate.

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Topics: On-site machining, Oil and Gas Industry

9 essential portable machine tools every wellhead maintenance engineer should know about

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 12, 2016 9:24:08 AM


There are many reasons why in-situ machining of wellhead components is required. They normally fall into one of three categories: it could be part of a preventative maintenance programme, when corrective action is needed, or if recovering the wellhead as part of a decommissioning project.

Valves and actuators used in a wellhead Christmas tree can fail through seizure and breakage, often caused by a lack of suitable lubrication and long periods of non-operation. Additionally, corrosion and erosion problems arise over a period of time, with hydrocarbons causing issues inside the valves and external components being either sand blasted by the wind, or exposed to corrosive salt-water.

So what portable machining equipment is available to help the on-site team commissioned to solve these problems? 

Below, we’ve listed 9 essential machines we think every wellhead engineer should know about.


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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, wellheads

5 bespoke portable machine tools that solved on-site machining problems

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 22, 2016 9:02:00 AM


bespoke-machines-for-oil-and-gas-industry1.pngDespite the vast array of on-site portable machine tools now available for service companies and plant maintenance engineers, new projects can throw up some unique and unexpected challenges where only a purpose designed product can solve the problem. The Mirage in-house design team has come to the rescue of many of these customers and here’s 5 examples of machines specially developed to solve some very specific and difficult problems.

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Topics: On-site machining, Oil and Gas Industry, wind turbine blade repair, cnc milling machine, portable machining



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