Norway's Det Norske Veritas (DNV) announced that it broke ground for its new laboratory which will be completed by first quarter 2014. With an investment of $11.8 million (SGD 15 million), the new facility will provide a wide range of testing capabilities for ships and deepwater oil & gas sectors.
With the relocation of the laboratory to a bigger premise in Singapore, DNV has demonstrated that it is committed to Singapore and the region. This move is also part of its drive for technology innovation, quality and value-added services for its customers.
“Today marks a significant milestone for DNV; we are excited to begin construction on our new laboratory. The new facility with its state-of-the-art services shall reinforce our presence in an important market and enable us to supply the growing needs of our customers in Singapore and other parts of South East Asia region,” said Ernst Meyer, vice president & director of operations for DNV South East Asia & Pacific.
DNV has extensive experience in laboratory testing and the laboratory is an important part of the technology base in DNV. The DNV Laboratory will provide a wide range of testing capabilities for ships and deepwater oil & gas sectors that includes performance of material or component qualification, large structure mock-up test, corrosion protections system and degradation mechanism analysis. Currently, it is also the only laboratory in Asia to provide full scale pipe fatigue assessment by resonance testing, a key technical qualification in more challenging pipeline environment.
In addition, DNV will also be investing in laboratory equipment that focuses on deepwater testings. The DNV Laboratory will work very closely with the DNV Deepwater Technology Centre, which was established in 2012, to conduct testings relating to subsea umbilical, flow line, riser, floating systems, drilling and wells.
“DNV has 40 years of experience in offshore and deepwater and with Asia Pacific becoming a booming deepwater oil & gas market, DNV in Singapore is well positioned to support Asia Pacific in undertaking more specific and in-depth testings for the energy and shipping sectors,” added Ernst.
The relocation project of the DNV Laboratory started in April 2012. The new site will be located at Gul Circle with a total land size of 59,202 square feet (5,500 square meters). The new laboratory will provide four core groups of lab services – Component, Weighing and Calibration Lab, Strength Lab, Material and Corrosion Labs.
DNV currently has laboratories located in Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and USA.
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