CASE STUDY: Customized Underwater Pipe Cutting

Any Challenge, Anytime, Anywhere

Our clients, when faced with unusual or difficult cutting situations, regularly depend on our experience and skills to create special customized cutting techniques or equipment.

The Challenge

To cut and remove a section of damaged line pipe (1.7m diameter) lying at a depth of 10 meters off the Irish Coast. 

Project Deadline - 1 week

The Specification

Fully insulated and concrete coated underwater pipeline, complied of 150mm reinforced concrete and 20mm of steel protective inner leaf.

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The Solution

InterCore developed a remotely operated underwater saw designed to perform a precision cut on the pipe.  An underwater camera was mounted on the saw for continuous visual contact during the cut - and the saw was operated from a barge.  The cut section was them removed using a 50 tonne barge mounted crane.

The Outcome

The project was complete in 4 days.