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

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

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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

Behind the scenes with the Mirage production team

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

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Regular readers of this blog will probably be familiar with our range of portable machining equipment. But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to become a successful part of the Mirage production team?  Let’s take a look and find out.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, portable machining, jobs in oil and gas

A guide to oil and gas decommissioning equipment

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 9, 2016 10:06:14 AM

 oil-and-gas-decommissioning-equipment.jpgAbove: A Mirage Double Drill Unit creating lift holes to aid the removal of a caisson.

With oil and gas decommissioning projects on the increase, knowing in advance how to choose the equipment best suited to each specific job will help you to plan and budget your project more effectively.

So which machines are suited to the wide variety of decommissioning tasks the typical project engineer is faced with?

Based upon the challenges our customers have faced, we’ve provided a quick overview matching the machines used in recent decommissioning projects with the most common decommissioning tasks.

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Topics: Subsea, Oil and Gas Industry, platform decommissioning, pipeline decommissioning

5 key oil and gas innovation findings from the Lloyds Register Energy report

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 13, 2016 10:35:50 AM

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Throughout the world, advances in new technology have always remained important for the oil, gas and energy sector, but when the going gets tough do the innovators keep going?

With the current challenges facing the sector and the outlook for the future uncertain, there’s never been a better time to find out.

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Topics: Oil news, Offshore, Oil and Gas Industry, petrochemicals, engineering innovation

   

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