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How to complete a platform slot recovery in the Gulf of Suez in five steps

Step 4 – Cutting string into pieces

Using a dual pin drill and guillotine pipe saw, the string was then cut into smaller pieces to enable easier handling and transportation. While the drill was used to prepare cut sections of casing, the saw was used to complete the cut.

Step 5 – P/U DCS

The P/U DCS along with other parts were welded on to the rig floor. This was made easier with spikes attached to the blind end of the DCS allowing better grip into the sea bed that also prevents movement with the sea current.


Claxton can supply a field-proven package of tools to recover conductors, casing strings and abandon wells too. As an alternative to knives used in step 2, Claxton can supply an internal abrasive water jet cutting system or external diamond wire system for an external cut above the seabed.

Claxton can also provide tools such as CTUs, C-plate, bandsaws and drilling and pinning machines that can be complemented by trained offshore personnel and Claxton’s experienced project engineering department, all based in the Middle East. To find out how Claxton could help you on your next project, download the Claxton Slot Recovery Case Study Pack today.

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