High-pressure water jet offers superior alternative to methanol for cleaning subsea hydrates ///

One of the challenges for the offshore oil and gas industry is the removal of potentially damaging gas hydrates from the exteriors of subsea infrastructure. The most commonly used method is cleaning with a methanol spray, which has limited efficiency in open water. Bourbon has developed high-pressure water jet cleaning as a viable alternative, providing time-savings at a lower cost, as well as reduced risk to both people and the environment. Similar to “ice,” hydrates are concretions of water and natural gas that form on subsea structures under certain pressure and temperature conditions. Hydrates can affect the operation of equipment by restricting movement of parts; hence, the need for periodic cleaning.

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