February 2022, Vol. 249, No. 2


Decom Deploys 2 Pipeline Cutting Saws in Asia-Pacific

Special to P&GJ  

Decom Engineering Limited (Decom) has consolidated a strong 2021 performance with a hat trick of international contract wins valued at more than $531,000 (£400,000).  

Decom’s subsea chop saws as deployed to Gulf of Thailand. (Photo: Decom)
Decom’s subsea chop saws as deployed to Gulf of Thailand. (Photo: Decom)

The decommissioning solutions specialist deployed two of its pipeline cutting saws to the Asia-Pacific region to start a six-month campaign on behalf of a global oil and gas operator, which follows on the heels of two successful projects in the North Sea and Celtic Sea.  

The Gulf of Thailand project will see Decom’s cutting technology engaged in a 1,000-cut program to remove seabed pipeline infrastructure located in water depths of 230 to 328 feet (70 to 100 meters). It includes 5- to 18-inch concrete-coated pipelines.  

Prior to the Asia-Pacific mobilization, Decom completed the cutting of a production spool in 525 feet (160 meters) of water from one of the U.K. North Sea’s most northerly platforms, which followed on from supporting a well abandonment located in the Kinsale gas field in the Celtic Sea, off the south coast of Ireland.  

In addition to the triple contract success, Decom has invested $265,0000 (£200,000) to establish a new operational base near Aberdeen, Scotland, and will mark its opening in the coming weeks with a series of technology showcase demonstrations for United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS)-based clients.  

“We have had an extremely busy and successful final half of 2021 with lots of strong interest in both our cutting tools and our pipeline coating removal technologies,” Decom Engineering CEO Sean Conway said. “This has been sealed with landing our largest-value cutting project to date, and if all goes to plan in the Gulf of Thailand, we expect this will create more opportunities.”  

Decom said it is in the process of tendering for a number of other “significant contracts,” which would put the company in a strong position heading into 2022.   

With the imminent opening of the Aberdeen facility, near its North Sea client base and further investment planned for extending for equipment fleet, the company said it looks forward to “new levels of activity.”  

Established in 2011, the Northern Ireland-based engineering company has developed technologies that provide greener, faster and safer solutions for decommissioning in the energy sector.  

The company has developed a range of cold cuttings saws that can perform a “clean cut” through 2- to 24-inch (51- to 610-mm) materials, can operate in the harshest working conditions and are in demand to replace or remove aging infrastructure and redundant assets.  

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