As part of an offshore decommissioning project for a major U.S. oil company in the Gulf of Mexico, a stub had to be removed within a short time frame in the last quarter of 2018.

David Hawel


As part of an offshore decommissioning project for a major U.S. oil company in the Gulf of Mexico, a stub had to be removed within a short time frame in the last quarter of 2018.



The platform operator employed two leading decommissioning experts, specialised in offshore services, to carry out the cutting work. After some initial difficulties, it soon became clear that conventional cutting technology would not be sufficient to get the job done. The oil company therefore referred to the professional Norwegian decommissioning company 1Diamond AS, who – together with TYROLIT – offers the respective technology for demanding underwater cutting.



Cutting great diameters under challenging conditions


The task included cutting a 50 mm thick caisson sleeve with a diameter of 4 m as well as 76 mm of concrete and the respective 76 mm thick caisson with a diameter of 3.9 m at 4.5 m below sea level. The 1Diamond Green Sawfish System came highly recommended as well as the application of a step-by-step approach for this challenging project in order to identify potential difficulties with deployment and cutting operations on time, and to bypass them, if necessary. The cutting of the stub took the crew four days.

One of a kind: 1Diamond’s Green Sawfish System


EThe decommissioning experts cut the stub with the 1Diamond Green Sawfish System equipped with the TYROLIT DWH***-SL diamond wire. The Green Sawfish is a hydraulic wire saw capable of cutting max. 4.85 m x 4.85 m as deep as 120 m below sea level. The remote control reduces any potential risks for the user, as it allows for a usage at a distance of 100 m. The TYROLIT DHL***-SL wire, on the other hand, is a electroplated diamond wire specially developed for steel cutting, providing advanced performance regardless of the cutting environment, which makes it the perfect tool for the Green Sawfish.

The biggest challenges of the project were the timing and complexity as well as the size of the caisson. The double wall of the caisson was by far too challenging for conventional tools. The dual axis rotation of the Green Sawfish System combined with the bespoke TYROLIT DWH***-SL diamond wire, however, proved just right for the task, which was successfully completed on time.



TYROLIT & 1Diamond


TYROLIT and 1Diamond AS (Part of Quanta Services) are partners in offshore and subsea business. 1Diamond offers machines that cut structures up to 7.5 m, and in addition, they have the capability to saw at any inclination at a diving depth up to 3.000 m. Together with diamond tools from TYROLIT it is now possible to set a new standard for submarine wire cutting and thus better meet the high demands in this growing market segment.


Source: 1Diamond

The demolition work was performed with the following 1Diamond and TYROLIT products:

1Diamond Green Sawfish


Green Sawfish is a groundbreaking modular system for last-phase removal of deck frames (MSF) and gravity-based structures (GBS). The Green Sawfish is a surgical, heavy-duty subsea sawing machine that employs state-of-the-art diamond wire cutting technology to dismantle structures of virtually any weight, design and material. Safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly, the Green Sawfish System is a complete success.

TYROLIT Sägeseil DWH***-SL


The electroplated TYROLIT diamond wire DWH***-SL was developed for complex and challenging cutting work in steel. The wire offers very high cutting performance, a long lifetime and noticeable smooth running thanks to an optimised bead structure and a high bead count. Its robust structure guarantees high workplace safety.