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February 5, 2019

JFO and First Subsea launch technology for decommissioning projects

James Fisher Offshore (JFO) and First Subsea have partnered to launch a new cut-and-lift product for the global oil and gas industry’s decommissioning projects.

James Fisher Offshore (JFO) and First Subsea have partnered to launch a new cut-and-lift product for the global oil and gas industry’s decommissioning projects.

The new one-component Internal Cut and Lift Technology (ICLT) system is the result of collaboration between First Subsea and JFO, which is part of James Fisher and Sons.

As part of the collaboration, the companies have combined their water abrasive jet cutting technology and ball and taper Internal Lifting Tools (ILT) to offer the new solution for the complex removal of subsea infrastructure.

A combination of cutting and lifting tooling optimised with Ballgrab gripping technology, ICLT provides a quick mechanism for the elimination of retired subsea assets and tubulars.

“This collaboration with First Subsea strengthens our offering and exemplifies our strategy of bringing new innovative technology to the complex oil and gas market.”

JFO managing director Jack Davidson said: “We see this technology as a significant move forward in our decommissioning and demolition capability and we are rapidly growing into the world’s largest equipment and service provider to this market.

“This collaboration with First Subsea strengthens our offering and exemplifies our strategy of bringing new innovative technology to the complex oil and gas market – with the potential to service other industries, including offshore wind and transport.”

ICLT offers a simple solution that streamlines the number of contractors, operations and personnel needed to perform offshore platform operations.

Upon full commercialisation this year, the technology will offer HSE , time, operational and cost benefits to customers ready to decommission retired assets.

First Subsea sales and business development director Greg Campbell-Smith said: “Conductor, riser and pile removal requires multi-discipline teams of contractors.

“However, by teaming up with James Fisher Offshore , we can offer clients a single service provider who can perform cut and lift decommissioning operations in fewer operations, with less personnel.”

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