The Netherlands: IHC Launches New Pipe Cutter for Decommissioning Market


IHC Handling Systems, a global supplier of offshore installation and removal equipment, has introduced a new pipe cutter for use in the decommissioning market. Unlike other equipment developed to date, the unique tool is able to be repositioned underwater.

This new and advanced piece of equipment has been developed in response to the increasing demand for the decommissioning of offshore structures.

Increased efficiency

The pipe cutter is able to create smaller pieces of pipe for transportation in the process of decommissioning jackets. This new feature increases the efficiency of the tool significantly. It can be used on a pipe range of 10-36”, a maximum wall thickness of 1.125” (28mm) and has a cutting capacity of 1,000 tonnes.

Growing demand

The rapidly growing demand for the decommissioning of offshore structures is being driven by governments and authorities forcing oil companies to remove production facilities once resources have been depleted. IHC Handling Systems has an impressive track record in this relatively young market in recent years. This began in 2005 with the removal of the flare tower at Shell’s world-famous Brent Spar – since then, more specialised equipment has been designed.

Initially, offshore contractors used standard IHC equip¬ment, such as internal lifting tools with small modifications. However, as the market continues to develop, the demand for dedicated and even custom-made tools is increasing. During offshore dismantling, for example, custom designed internal and external lifting tools, with capaci¬ties up to 2,000 tonnes, are used for lifting jacket segments.

Company profile IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and a reliable supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction.

IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships.


Source:IHC , May 20, 2011;