Shell Selects Metacor for North Sea Services

Oil and gas supermajor Shell has signed external corrosion and coatings management specialist Metacor in a multi-million pound deal.

Metacor will provide coating update surveys, quality assurance and control through third party inspection across all painting operations on assets owned by Shell and Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappji BV.

The contract covers all of Shell's existing northern North Sea assets, gas sites in the east and west North Sea, onshore facilities in the Netherlands and new-build infrastructure over the next three years, with the option to extend for a further two.

Metacor has supplied Shell with inspection services since 2006, giving it an unrivalled understanding of the operational and logistical demands of the work, backed by Europe's largest pool of National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)-certified inspectors.

Stuart Mortimer, managing director of Metacor, said, "This is a major appointment and moves us closer to our goal of becoming the leading provider of coatings maintenance planning and management services to oil and gas operators worldwide.

"Our NACE-certified inspectors are a unique resource, with many of them also qualified rope access technicians and NDT inspectors. They are supported by project managers and technical experts with more than 60 years' experience in coatings and corrosion.

"This brings a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities into play alongside an excellent planning and reporting capability -- our ability to offer highly competent and experienced personnel is unmatched.

"We believe our knowledge of Shell's assets and maintenance philosophies mean we will hit the ground running, and quickly support Shell and its fabric maintenance contractor in achieving painting program objectives within budget and to stringent quality standards."

Metacor already supplies Shell with its coatings planning and management service in the UK -- meaning its inspectors are already familiar with the risk-based paint maintenance workscopes and workpacks the system generates.

Metacor also provides coatings maintenance planning and management services, third party inspection and coating surveys, as well as coatings consultancy services to a number of the world's other major producers including BP, Talisman, BOL, CNR International, BG and TAQA.