Champion Beefs Up Descaling Capabilites in North Sea

Oilfield speciality chemical company, Champion Technologies, has invested UK120,000 in a new acid blending plant and acetic acid bulk storage facility at their European headquarters in Aberdeen.

The capital expenditure is part of an ongoing modernisation programme at Champion's Altens base and is designed to strengthen the company's position as one of the major providers of chemicals to the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Future plans include the building of a UK3 million state of the art laboratory and technical centre to serve the company's North Sea and eastern hemisphere operations.

The 55,000 litre acid blending plant with gas scrubber unit is COMAH approved and exceeds the latest health and safety regulations. Additionally the installation of a bulk acetic acid storage tank allows Champion to improve health and safety procedures by minimising manual handling.

Typically operators and contractors use hydrochloric blends for descaling procedures on pipelines and subsea structures. The only north of Scotland based company which provides a full range of acid blending services to the oil and gas industry, Champion also supplies a full range of oilfield production chemicals from its Aberdeen facility.

Champion Technologies Plant Manager, Les Alves, said: "This latest investment continues to demonstrate the level of commitment Champion Technologies has to maintaining its excellent safety record and its focus to continue to provide a unique service to its customer base.

"We can now blend larger quantities of hydrochloric acid which can be stored in vessel ready containers, ready to be transported offshore. As the only major acid blender in the north of Scotland we are perfectly positioned to extend the range of services we can offer to oil and gas sector clients.

"This investment also reflects the importance we place on the safety of our staff who are engaged in specialist operations. The new acetic acid bulk storage facility drastically cuts down on the need to manoeuvre IBCs in to position at the start and end of the blending process and also saves time and minimises risk."