Wednesday, April 17, 2024

MTR 100: Wachs Subsea LLC

Posted by Irina Tabakina

11050 West Little York Building N, Houston, TX 77041
T: +1 847 484 2619
E: [email protected]
CEO/President: Nathan Drucker
Sales Manager: Keith Polifka
Number Of Employees: 140

The Case: Wachs Subsea CPT (Combination Prep Tool) represents the latest thinking in subsea pipeline repair and emergency preparedness systems. It’s a single multifunctional machine that’s innovative in its combination of proven technologies to perform five machining functions. Its compact size and light weight allow it to be air lifted within hours to any contamination site, and eliminates the need for a large surface support ship or heavy workclass ROV to deploy it.

The Company
Wachs Subsea is a manufacturer of diver and ROV operated machine tools used in maintenance, repair and decommissioning projects. Products including Diamond Wire Saws (DWS), Deepwater Diamond Wire Saws (DWDS), split frame rotating ring cutters and platforms, the Guillotine (Wachs) pipe saw, and the Trav-L-Cutter. Other products include subsea specific drills, offshore hydraulic power units, the EICC casing cutter, deck plate and rail mills, shipping baskets and more. Wachs Subsea is unit of ITW Oil & Gas, a division of ITW. 

The Tech
Wachs Subsea CPT-3, or Combination Prep Tool Generation 3, is a hydraulically powered subsea machining system equipped with three modules that perform five functions: cutting, beveling, counter boring, weld seam removal and FBE (fusion bonded epoxy) removal.
It’s part of a cut, lift, remove and replace system designed to machine subsea pipelines from 12 to 24 in. OD (DN300-600) at depths up to 3,000m (9843 sfw). Available soon is the CPT-4, utilizing the same technologies as the CPT- 3 but scaled up in size and capabilities to accommodate pipelines in the 26 to 44 in. OD (DN650-1050) range.


(As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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