Subsea cutting equipment that ranges from saw control systems to highly sophisticated diamond wire saws
The development of effective underwater cutting equipment requires a unique combination of knowledge, such as of subsea (electric) drives, advanced control systems, (diamond wire) cutting technology, and in certain cases, excavation technology. Seatools’ successful merger of these knowledge fields results in subsea cutting tools that deliver predictable performance, irrespective of encountered conditions. Together with our subsea cutting technology partners, we possess all the required knowledge and act as a system integrator that delivers full-fledged underwater cutting tools. Capitalizing on this competitive advantage, we have developed and delivered mission-critical equipment such as the Koersk saw control system and the Barracuda response tool. Because cutting equipment failure would have severe consequences in both cases, predictability and reliability are of paramount importance. Seatools excelled in both cases, and proved to be a technology provider able to meet these stringent criteria.
- Subsea cutting equipment (including diamond wire saws)
- Advanced saw control systems
- Technology for well plugging and abandonment
- Value creation
- Cutting tools that deliver predictable performance
- Operational risk reduction thanks to extensive cutting operation automation
- Combination with excavation technologies for effective decommissioning tools
- Track record
- Control systems for mission-critical subsea saws
- All-electric subsea diamond wire saw with depth rating of 10,000 feet
Because “as-built” data can deviate from reality, advanced control systems are required to gain feedback, control the cutting process, and avoid overfeeding. Do you require controlled operations as well?
HOW WE CREATE VALUE
Cutting tools that deliver predictable performance
Subsea cutting operations require careful planning and preparation. Selecting the right diamond wire and equipment setup is an important part of the process. Enabled by a long R&D trajectory with our subsea cutting technology partners, the combination of our cutting technology with standardized procedures results in subsea cutting tools that deliver predictable performance.
Operational risk reduction thanks to extensive automation of cutting operations
Our underwater cutting equipment integrates sophisticated monitoring and control systems. in a highly automated manner. Cutting automation greatly enhances operational reliability, as it rules out the risk of overfeeding, and achieves optimal cutting speeds.
Combination with excavation technologies for effective decommissioning tools
The combination of subsea cutting knowledge and subsea penetration technologies facilitates the development of effective tools for plugging and abandonment operations. The removal of assets below the mudline (such as pilings) requires an effective combination of both technology classes. Seatools has a large knowledge base in both areas.
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A track record of mission-critical equipment
- August 2014
- Project duration:
- 7 months
Dedicated all-electric subsea diamond wire saw designed as response tool in water depths of up to 10,000 feet
The Barracuda is a response tool that was specifically designed for subsea cutting in emergency situations. During the development of the saw, carried out by 1Diamond and Seatools, two criteria weighed in heavily: reliability and flexibility.
This resulted in an all-electric underwater diamond wire saw, executed with a high degree of cutting automation and various features that help cut the connection between seafloor and platform.
- June 2001
- Project duration:
- 6 weeks
Saw control system
For the Koersk salvage operation, an oscillating rope cutter was applied to cut the heavily damaged submarine’s nose from its hull. The cutter was actuated by two opposite cylinders, installed on each side of the submarine.
Seatools delivered the complete monitoring and control system of the saw system. The monitoring and control system, which was developed and delivered within 6 weeks only, performed very well and enabled Smit to successfully salvage the Koersk.