Chukar Waterjet Helps Stop Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010

Chukar Waterjet helped stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 by rapidly developing an underwater waterjet blasting system that successfully removed hydrates that were clogging a containment system.

subsea hydrate remediation

In this photo you can see the waterjet blasting away hydrates that were clogging the containment system.

Chukar Uses Underwater UHP Waterjet to Blast Away Hydrates Clogging a Containment System

Chukar Waterjet played a key role in helping to stop the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by providing ultra-high pressure waterjet equipment and application expertise to blast away hydrate ice crystals that had formed inside a containment cap at the Macondo well spill site, clogging the containment system.

Chukar Waterjet and sister company Jet Edge, Inc. custom engineered a 36,000 psi (2500 bar) waterjet intensifier pump that was dropped 5,000 feet (1500 meters) into the Gulf to power a robot-operated waterjetting lance that blasted away the hydrates. To ensure the hydrate remediation project’s success, the companies utilized advanced filtration and ultra-high pressure seal technology capable of withstanding the harsh undersea environment. The system was designed to blast with sea water or liquid gas.

As a result, Chukar Waterjet developed the first-known waterjet system capable of operating in water depths in excess of 5,000 feet (1500 meters), opening a new frontier for waterjet technology. The company has since developed subsea waterjet equipment operable to 10,000 feet (3000 meters). Chukar provided onsite applications engineering services throughout the project, working with a subsea technology company, an offshore logistics and supply company, an offshore transportation company, BP, and an independent safety group to ensure successful completion of the project.