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MTR100 '13: Chet Morrison Contractors

September 20, 2013


The Case
Chet Morrison Contractors provides construction, maintenance and abandonment services to the oil and gas industry. With locations in the Gulf of Mexico and international facilities, Chet Morrison Contractors delivers integrated solutions that leverage the skills of our performance-driven teams with the efficiencies of in-house capabilities and resources.

The Company
Chet Morrison Contractors provides integrated oil and gas industry services and creative project solutions for upstream, midstream and downstream clients operating in land and marine environments. Our multidisciplinary team is committed to providing superior service, top technical support and exceptional safety performance on every job. It leverages in-house capabilities and resources to provide seamless integration of work scopes without the need for multiple subcontractors. Founded by CEO Chet Morrison in 1983, Chet Morrison Contractors remains a privately held company and has steadily grown from an inland marine operation to the multidisciplinary diverse service company it is today. Through integration, long-range vision, selected acquisitions and project diversification, he has expanded his business model and continues to guide The company’s vision of offering innovative solutions to its customers. Chet Morrison’s expansive infrastructure includes locations in the Gulf of Mexico, Houston, New Orleans, Mexico and Trinidad. Chet Morrison Contractors’ diversified fleet of vessels enables it to provide a full spectrum of subsurface construction, repair, inspection and decommissioning services to support the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Whether it be an emergency response, a pipeline leak or an upcoming project in the Gulf of Mexico, The company’s state-of-the-art fleet can handle any challenge and deliver uninterrupted service with a single point of contact.

The Tech
Chet Morrison Contractors is powered by strong leadership and driven by a veteran team of dedicated professionals who provide unparalleled customer service and unique solutions at every opportunity. The company’s innovative team recently developed a game-changing innovation in subsea P&A cutting that’s safer and more efficient than other existing methods. Known as SHARC (Subsea Hydraulic Abrasive Rotating Cutter), this new technology in subsea plug and abandonment virtually eliminates the need for high-power jetting and explosives — and reduces overall job time by 60%. The prototype for SHARC was developed during a 2012 four-well Subsea P&A project for Helix ERT in three fields in the Gulf of Mexico. It proved so successful (saving the client millions of dollars) that following the project, engineers at Chet Morrison Contractors spent many months testing and refining the prototype to develop the new assembly. SHARC needs only a diver or ROV to position it over the pipe opening — then operations can be controlled and monitored from the surface. SHARC can make clean, even cuts on pipes two inches and larger, handle walls up to three inches thick with multiple strings and can cut any size caisson or jacket leg from surface or subsea to depths up to 500 feet. Another advantage is that SHARC can be deployed by Chet Morrison’s 240 foot, four-point DSV Joanne Morrison, thus avoiding the higher cost of larger spreads.

9 Bayou Dularge Road, Houma, La., U.S. 70363

Tel:     (985) 868-1950

CEO/President:    Chet Morrison
Number of Employees:    1,700


(As published in the July/August 2013 edition of Marine Technologies -

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