T.D. Williamson Sets Up Shop in Western AU

T.D. Williamson has opened a new office in Perth, Western Australia, in a strategic move to offer customers its full range of products and services. Located on St. George's Terrace in the heart of downtown Perth, it serves as the administrative and engineering services center for all offshore operations currently being conducted in Western Australia and Victoria, and for supporting future operations in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

Operations carried out offshore, particularly on the gas-rich province of the North West Shelf, are managed from the new Perth office. To ensure that customers receive superior service, TDW draws personnel and equipment support from TDW's operational facilities in Melbourne, Singapore and Norway. By establishing a dedicated team of engineering and technical specialists in Perth, TDW offers enhanced service and prompt, professional customer service.

Gearing up in Western Australia

Since 2004, TDW has been active in the Western Australia market, completing numerous SmartPlug® pipeline pressure isolation operations offshore on the North West Shelf and in the Bass Strait in southeast Australia. Recently, the company completed a successful pipeline pressure isolation operation to facilitate a valve change-out at a metering station where gas is exported to the domestic consumer market. TDW has also been retained to carry out several high level engineering studies for future pipeline isolations and to provide Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (EPRS) for new major gas pipeline networks. Engineering studies are often completed several months - or years - before the actual offshore execution. Customers will benefit from the fact that engineers are based locally and readily accessible to meet to discuss solutions.

"With the number of new field developments in the Australian market, we are aware that the demand for SmartPlug pressure isolation services and other services we offer will continue to rise, and that we must be prepared to meet that demand," said Tony Hawkins, Country Manager – Australia for TDW." Our pipeline pressure isolation services are ideally suited to help pipeline operators maintain existing pipeline networks, and to service developments that are currently under construction and following completion. With the combined efforts of our permanent teams in Perth, Melbourne and New Zealand, supported by the offshore team in Norway, we are fully prepared to meet the offshore pipeline pressure isolation needs of operators throughout the region," he added.

Expanding network in Asia Pacific

The new Perth office is the latest addition to TDW's network of facilities in the Asia Pacific region. Last fall TDW opened a 7,500-square-meter Engineering and Manufacturing Center in Savli near Vadodara, India. The new center was established to support India’s pipeline network, which is expected to double during the next three or four years as gas finds and the expansion of the energy market drive infrastructure growth.