Abrasive cutting offers one option

Abrasive cutting is one option available to the industry for severing platforms during decommission operations. This type of cutting involves injecting abrasive materials into a water jet to wear away steel or concrete.This second in a five-part series on Gulf of Mexico platform decommissioning discusses abrasive cutting methods and the service contracts involved in the operation.Part 1 of the series (OGJ, Sept. 27, 2004, p. 41) discussed factors involved in severance selection.Abrasive-water jetsIndustrial and manufacturing processes have used abrasive cutting technologies for many years. These technologies are classified either as low pressure, high-volume sand cutters or high pressure,...

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