Scottish firm wins pipeline repair deal in Middle East

STATSScottish pipeline engineer STATS Group has secured a US$10mn ten-year emergency pipeline repair contract with a major LNG operator in the Middle East

As part of the emergency subsea and onshore pipeline repair system and pre-planned isolation contract, STATS Group will design, manufacture and test pipeline isolation and intervention equipment for pipeline sizes from 16” to 38”.

The ready equipment will be stored in Qatar, according to the company, for pre-planned and emergency situations. This follows STATS Group’s latest announcement following the completion of a similar multi-million dollar contract with LNG producer Qatargas.

STATS Group’s Middle East regional director Angus Bowie said, “Our focus on establishing our credentials in the Middle East emergency pipeline repair system (EPRS) sector has paid off and our original contract with Qatargas has now been followed with this significant award by another major operator in the Middle East. Our ability to tailor the mature isolation technology to meet client expectations has allowed the EPRS systems to accommodate complex operations while maintaining the core, well proven, fail-safe features.

“Our technologies are all designed, manufactured and tested in-house and have become the industry standard for some of the leading operators in the Middle East who require peace of mind when being able to respond to pipeline integrity and repair issues. We will use the experience and our proven track record of first class delivery of these major Qatari projects to seek out other global opportunities for similar EPRS contracts.”

According to STATS Group’s Middle East business development manager Vikas Shangari, the company has executed in excess of 40 isolation projects in the Middle East, ranging from 2” to 48” on oil, gas and utility pipeline systems.

“Typically projects include the replacement or installation of pig trap and main isolation valves, however we have also facilitated the removal of dead leg and redundant bypasses connected to main pipelines developing corrosion issues. Many of these projects were conducted without the need for a full system shutdown, providing an excellent value proposition and helping our clients realise operational, economic and environmental benefits in comparison to traditional maintenance techniques.”

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