Automatic tank cleaning system helping to weather price slide

Since offshore rig tanks must be cleaned after every displacement to avoid any fluid cross-contamination, RCS Tank Cleaning Solutions has a birds-eye view of the level of drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico. What it sees—especially in the near-term—is not all that encouraging. “Things have slowed down. Customers are driving down costs and pulling back on some of their projects,” said Paul Hebert, owner of RCS, a 10-year-old company that developed a patent for an automatic tank cleaning technology to cut down confined space entry requirements. “We’re feeling the effects of it and it will be a challenge, but fortunately we’re very stable so we think we’ll survive it quite nicely.”

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