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Types of steel every portable machine tool operator should know about

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 10, 2017 8:22:51 AM


The environment and conditions that oil and gas pipes, fittings and flanges are exposed to are diverse and extreme. The varying chemical composition of the gases and liquids, the extreme temperatures and physical demands mean that no single material is ideal for all purposes.

Read on to find out about the commonest types of steel used in the oil and gas industry and what they are used for.

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Topics: pipeline decommissioning, pipeline construction, flange facing

Video round-up: clamshell cutter and diamond wire saw

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 1, 2017 11:50:41 AM


See which machines are used for cutting through large pipes and heavy wall casings in the oil and gas industry. For your convenience, this page brings together videos of machines suitable for pipe cutting, weld preparation, casing cutting and more in one handy place. Why not take a look and bookmark this page for later reference?

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Topics: pipeline decommissioning, clam shell cutters, casing cutting

How to choose the right diamond wire saw

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 1, 2016 2:22:12 PM




There are a number of different kinds of heavy duty diamond wire saws available to rent or purchase and choosing the right machine along with all of the relevant the options and accessories for your particular needs can seem a little daunting.

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Topics: Subsea, pipeline decommissioning, decommissioning equipment

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

Guide to subsea cutting and machining projects using portable machine tools

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM


The type of subsea problems operators need help with can vary enormously, and with oil and gas decommissioning projects on the increase there will be a huge amount of new machining challenges to face over the coming years.

So what are the kind of projects where portable machine tools have helped to deliver successful outcomes for subsea operators? 

We've put together some examples to provide you with an insight into the typical problems faced and how they are resolved.

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Topics: Subsea, milling, platform decommissioning, pipeline decommissioning, case study



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