Pipeline engineer STATS Group announced Thursday that it has secured a $10 million 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 inches. The equipment will be stored in Qatar in a “state of readiness”, according to the company, for pre-planned and emergency situations. STATS’ latest news follows the completion of a similar multi-million dollar contract with LNG producer Qatargas.
STATS Group’s Middle East Regional Director Angus Bowie commented in a company statement:
"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. STATS’ 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 Qatar projects to seek out other global opportunities for similar EPRS contracts."
STATS Middle East Business Development Manager Vikas Shangari said in a STATS press release:
"STATS has executed in excess of 40 isolation projects in the Middle East, ranging from 2 to 48 inches 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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