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Single Drill Unit vs Double Drill Unit: What’s the difference?

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Mirage’s in-house design team have worked tirelessly to design, develop and manufacture the Single Drill Unit and Double Drill Unit for use subsea. The drills core use is to enable the recovery of oil rig conductors and casing strings without the need for extensive diver intervention – reducing safety risks.

Alongside the safety improvements are impressive time and cost savings – reducing time on site from days to hours, leading to a significant cost saving in man hours. Now successfully used on site exclusively by fellow Acteon company, Claxton Engineering, these machines are now available as part of Mirage’s standard product range.

Despite being classed as the same product range, the Single Drill Unit and Double Drill Unit offer a different solution for applications subsea…

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Topics: Offshore, portable drilling

In focus: MSF Low Clearance Split Frame Clam Shell

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM


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 MSF low clearance split frame clam shell pipe cutter.

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Topics: clamshell cutters

Mirage complete subsea window machining project

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 29, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Mirage has recently completed a subsea window machining project that entailed the repair of a conductor in Apache North Sea, Forties Delta, in 115m water depth. The conductor, a 26-1/2” installation required a 1.3 x 0.45m window machining with 50mm radii 9m from the seabed so a mud dump vent clamp could be fitted successfully.

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Topics: Offshore

5 key decommissioning points made at the Offshore Energy Exhibition 2015

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Despite the oil and gas industry continuing to face a challenging outlook, it didn’t stop over 11,800 visitors attending the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference 2015 in The Netherlands in October.

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Topics: Decommissioning

5 reasons your flange facing connection is failing

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Over time, and for many other reasons, damage occurs to flanges that effects their performance and safety.

Of course the success of a fitted flange is that the connections between the flange, gasket, bolting and pipework create a leak-free environment. More importantly, the connection between the flange faces needs to be up to the same standards to achieve the same outcome.

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Topics: Flange Facing


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