Mudbug cleaning tool June 7, 2016

Morrison Introduces Waterless Riser Cleaning Tool: MUDBUG

(Houma, La.) – Morrison announces a new tool for cleaning drilling and production risers that is safer, faster and more cost-effective than current methods. MUDBUG is an air-actuated, self-propelled device that uses oscillating brushes to clean debris build-up inside risers, moving through the length of the riser and back out again.

“MUDBUG is a giant leap forward in deepwater riser cleaning,” said John DeBlieux, vice president of Deepwater Riser Services for Morrison . “It’s not only more cost-effective and safer, it’s also better for the environment and customer’s bottom line.”

Unlike other methods, MUDBUG does not require high-pressure water to remove the rust, scale and drilling mud that builds up in drilling and production risers. Instead, MUDBUG uses only 120-psi air to operate, thus eliminating the problem of water disposal and risk associated with high-pressure washing.

MUDBUG can be operated by a two- or three-man crew instead of the usual five-man team required to clean a riser. Because the device is portable, it can easily be transported via plane or helicopter to any remote location either onshore or offshore. Its small job box (two feet by four feet) takes up very little space, making it ideal for rigs or other offshore operations. When operational, MUDBUG is approximately three feet long and 19 inches in diameter.

The “MUDBUG” name was inspired by the crawfish, which pushes back mud and debris to make its home. It has been successfully tested and used in the offshore environment by major drilling contractors. The device comes with an extra motor and all brushes, and is available exclusively through Morrison Contractors in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Trinidad. For more information, visit