Subsea Engineering Solution

Customer: International Oil Company

Location: North Sea Platform

Subsea Engineering Solution
Published in Machining


The customer had a collapsed stainless steel liner on a subsea pipeline in the North Sea, where the test plug could not be retrieved and as a result production could not be re-started.

Glacier Energy was asked to develop a solution to allow the plug to be retrieved within an extremely short timescale of 14 days. This was a machining solution that was carried out by our pipeline services team.


Glacier Energy designed a bespoke solution, proactively managing internal resources and the external supply chain to manufacture the machine and deliver it to the customer within the 14-days, after successful testing. The customer was delighted with the outcome, especially due to the creativity applied and the speed of response within the tight deadline.

The problem had a direct impact on production therefore the turnaround was time critical.


The team’s experience and in-house design and manufacturing capabilities meant that a solution could be delivered within a tight deadline and with minimum disruption to production, meaning reduced downtime and ultimately cost.

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