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EM&I deploy new ‘Barnacle Basher™’ technology

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Following a successful valve inspection and repair project on a drillship in Angola using their ODIN® technology, EM&I were invited back by the client to remove heavily encrusted marine growth off the inside of a blocked suction line which was discovered during the inspection.

EM&I engineers developed a specialised pressure head unit that had a mechanical cleaning tool and camera installed through the sea valve to remove the marine growth.

High pressure water had made no impact on the hard marine growth so EM&I’s unique ‘Barnacle Bashing’ cleaning tool was deployed and achieved a highly successful result.

This work was carried out alongside completing a fully diverless ODIN valve inspection of all the sea valves, valve isolations for repairs on 5 sea valves and stub pipes, all completed safely and while the drill ship remained in full operation.

The experienced EM&I offshore team completed the work to the entire satisfaction of the client leading to top marks with a 10/10 FPAL report.

Commenting on this unusual but highly successful project Pat Lawless (CEO) of the EM&I Group stated: “We have always responded to the needs of our clients no matter how unusual, and it seems like our ‘Barnacle Basher’ could be used on many other projects where marine growth is a problem”.

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