Belmet Marine & 3CMetal to Provide Fabrication Services to the Oil Industry

Belmet Marine (Pty) Ltd, a diversified steel fabrication company based in Cape Town, has entered into a co-operation agreement with the specialized high-pressure steel pipe fabrication and supply company 3CMetal of Pau, France. This co-operation agreement will encompass, but not be limited to, the exchange of technologies, sharing of design information, joint fabrication and project work; and the general supply of specialized products.

The two companies currently concentrate on supplying steel fabricated products and services to the offshore and oilfield industries primarily in Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. The synergies presented by these two companies will now offer significant benefits to their existing customers and also expand both companies' footprint internationally. This co-operation agreement also affords both companies increased access to specialized technology and products; a broader skills base; and a wider reach into markets previously competed within.

3CMetal is a recognized leader in high pressure piping fabrication and installation; hydraulic piping; skid and main structure fabrication; equipment installation; structural repair and modifications; and field installations – fabricating to international standards and codes such as ASME, BS, CODAP and API. Belmet Marine is the sole manufacturer of DNV 2.7-1 certified offshore baskets, containers and racks in Africa; is a highly accomplished project management company; and is a leading fabricator in the Cape Town marine industry. Both companies fabricate to internationally recognized standards and codes; have fully qualified welders and boilermakers; are ISO 9001:2000 certified (3C Metal is currently moving towards API Q1/ISO-9001 certification); and have strict Health, Safety and Environment policies in place.

3CMetal is an authorized retailer of Anson® Oil Field Equipment in France and a major stockist of High Pressure piping (2" – 6" API 5L Gr X-52 and ASTM A519 Gr 4130), and associated fittings and valves in both France and Dubai. This co-operation agreement therefore means that all of these specialized products will now be available to the West African and South African markets directly through Belmet Marine and 3CMetal.

Both companies welcome the positive spirit in which the negotiations took place during the conclusion of the agreement and look forward to offering their offshore and oilfield customers a broader range of specialized products and services.