In Singapore, the offshore and marine sector has been going through tough times due to falling oil prices and slowing production demand. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions  Equipment Processing Centre (EPC) in Singapore was approached by an offshore company to assist with a dismantled oil rig.

The job involved washing and storing 96 pipe risers and 769 drill pipes, weighing up to 24 tonnes each and measuring up to 22 metres in length. The equipment needed to be prepared for a buyer in Australia, and the deadline was tight.

The WW Solution processing team used high-power pressure jets with rotating nozzles to remove mud, barnacles and grease from the pipes. Accredited quarantine officers were flown in from Australia to check on the job before the pipes were shipped to their destination.

The team completed the job successfully in just three weeks.

“With the experience of washing rolling equipment units in our team, we were able to take on the challenge of washing this oil and gas cargo to meet Australian standards,” says Andy Sahri, a service engineer at the  Singapore EPC.