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.