An abrasive water jet will cut through hard materials such as steel without heat or sparks. This means it is safe to use for cutting applications in hazardous atmospheres where there is a risk of fire or explosion. RGL have applied this technology very successfully in a range of situations across an array of industries particularly petrochemical, oil, gas and offshore energy.
The principle is based on introducing an inert natural mineral abrasive into an “ultra-high pressure “water stream and remotely guiding the resultant “abrasive jet” to where the cutting is required. RGL thrive on designing and building hydraulically powered jet carriers which facilitate the cutting process being controlled remotely thus keeping jetting personnel a safe distance away from the jetknife.
Each cold cutting job is different, and we believe that early dialogue with our customers is essential to ensure we offer the most efficient and environmentally friendly solution. This early dialogue allows us to plan and engineer custom tooling specific to our customer requirements.
The RGL equipment including the water jetting pumps are always “refinery ready” and fitted with “Chalwyn” valves, spark arrestors and bolt on earth connections. Furthermore, all our pumps are equipped with certified lifting eyes which allows them to be safely lifted into position if the need arises.
Petrochemical Tank Decommissioning
RGL were approached in November 2016 regarding abrasive cold cutting with UHP water jet for a collapsed floating, tank roof in a refinery located in Forcados Delta, Nigeria.
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