Decom Engineering preparing for substantial overseas growth after its ip passes ‘strength test’ with flying colours

The UK-based decommissioning specialist’s Decom Engineering’s filed patents for pipeline cutting saw technology and Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) tools will underpin further international growth following an intellectual asset review by global IP experts Inngot.

The company has secured a number of multi-million-pound pipeline cutting projects on which its C1 range of chop saws have been deployed in the world’s major hydrocarbon producing regions. The company’s industry leading PCR machine has consistently proved its environmental and cost saving credentials in safely removing protective coatings from pipes which can then be repurposed in construction and other projects.

To protect its market advantage, Decom commissioned Inngot to report on the strengths of its IP as it ramps up protection in US, Canadian and European markets and in other key regions where its technology has been used, including Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Brunei.

A report on Decom’s C1 chop saw range established: “Decom Engineering has developed safe and effective pipeline cutting equipment for the decommissioning and maintenance of oil and gas pipelines and installations. The patent describes a cutting apparatus designed for versatile, efficient cutting of various materials both above and below sea level, which is useful in decommissioning industries.”

Nick McNally, Decom Engineering Commercial Director, said strengthening patent protection was an important step for any ambitious company which is competing with larger entities in diverse international markets.

He said: “We know our technology is market leading and of high value so it makes sense to put in place all the necessary protections to ensure we can make the most of the growth opportunities which present themselves.

“When a patent is granted, it prevents a third party from legally manufacturing, importing into, exporting out of, storing or using a patent-protected product in the territory where the patent is granted and valid.

“Working closely with Inngot, we have established the commercial value of our technologies and this has underlined the need to take a rigorous approach if we feel our designs and decades-long expertise is being compromised.”

An analysis by Inngot of Decom’s PCR machine technology, said: “The patent outlines a comprehensive solution for the efficient removal of protective coatings from pipes. It addresses problems associated with existing methods, such as labour intensiveness, high costs, and environmental risks due to the release of toxic chemicals.

“The invention features a versatile tool carriage that supports various removal tools, including scrapers, sanders, and wire brushes. This adaptability allows for effective coating removal while maintaining energy efficiency. The apparatus is designed to ensure the structural integrity of the pipes, promoting their reuse and minimising environmental impact.”

Nick McNally concluded: “The strength of our patented technology is underlined by the number of international projects we are currently engaged on and a strong pipeline of future work on the horizon and into 2025.”