Subsea 7 extends Exova weld test support arrangement

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UKSubsea 7 has awarded Exova a new two-year framework agreement to provide testing services in support of the contractor’s pipeline welding activities.

The agreement includes weld qualification, routine mechanical testing of materials, corrosion testing, and fatigue testing, run by a team including a dedicated account manager and a project manager.

Exova will perform most of the work at its Corrosion Centre in Dudley, its fracture mechanics laboratory in Daventry (both in central England), and its laboratory in Newbridge, Edinburgh.

The company has invested in additional autoclaves for corrosion testing in Dudley and fatigue rigs for steel catenary riser fatigue testing in Daventry.

Murray Gilder, director of oil & gas and industrials at Exova, said: “Previously we developed a mobile testing laboratory and workshop that Subsea 7 used at a spool base in Angola to allow faster turnaround of coatings testing.

“We also co-developed a full-ring corrosion test to provide more indicative results than those obtained by testing smaller samples.”


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