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On 29 August 2013, Turkish contractor Tekfen Construction and Installation selected SGS to provide non-destructive testing and construction supervision for steel structures and installation at the Baku Olympic Stadium project in Boyuk Shor, Baku, Azerbaijan. The new football stadium with a 68,000 capacity and featuring a retractable roof will house the Azerbaijan national football team which will move from Tofik Bakhramov Stadium upon its scheduled February 2015 opening. Funded by the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Tekfen Construction and Installation was awarded a design and build contract. Construction started on 6. June 2011 after Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini attended the ground-breaking ceremony.
 
Expert SGS NDT technicians and construction supervisors have been brought on board to ensure the integrity of all steel structures and the construction works compliant with international quality standards.

Tekfen Construction and Installation

Established as an engineering consulting company in 1956, Tekfen Construction and Installation has become a global leader in the challenging field of contracting services. The strong Tekfen commitment to environmental issues, uncompromising dedication to global quality standards and professional business conduct have provided the company with consistent growth and stability for more than five decades.
 
Today, Tekfen is highly respected as an international contractor with an impressive list of accomplishments in Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa, Caucasia and Central Asia and Eastern and Central Europe. The wide range of Tekfen activity includes contracting for heavy civil works, refineries and petrochemical plants, satellite towns, major industrial processing plants, pipelines and marine structures, power plants and electrical and communication facilities.
 
Having selected SGS Azeri to assist with NDT and supervision services for the construction of the new State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic management offices at the SOCAR Tower project over the last year, Tekfen looked to SGS to once again provide similar services for the Baku Olympic Stadium construction project. 

SGS On-Site in Turkey and Azerbaijan

For the duration of the project, SGS NDT technicians, steel structure construction supervisors and paint inspectors will be on site at Tekfen facilities in Turkey as well as the stadium construction site in Azerbaijan. One steel structure supervisor has already started work in Turkey and an NDT technician, a steel structure supervisor and a paint inspector have arrived on site in Baku with the number of SGS specialists needed to successfully complete the project to be increased accordingly. These SGS experts will be on hand to minimize risks associated with the quality of works, ensure strict compliance to all international regulations and increase the value of Tekfen assets.
 
At the Tekfen Turkish production facilities, SGS supervisors will be overseeing fabrication works and testing verification. In Baku, NDT experts will be inspecting welding seams, supervising and testing paint works and monitoring installation. NDT testing methods to be implemented include magnetic particle inspection (MPI), ultrasonic testing (UT), dye penetrant (DP) for welding seams, wet film thickness (WFT), dry film thickness (DFT) measurement and adhesion and spark testing for paint works.
 
The safe and reliable operation of structural elements to be used in the construction of the new stadium will be ensured by a CSWIP 3.1-certified specialist monitoring welding works and a BGAS-CSWIP Level 2 painting inspector overseeing paint works, both of whom possess extensive experience in international projects. Verification of the integrity of elements will be carried out by certified NDT personnel using intrusive or non-intrusive methods to detect defects and irregularities in order to prevent costly damage and avoid non-compliance. Fast and effective testing of primary and secondary elements will save Tekfen time and money at every stage of the Baku Olympic Stadium project, from assembly to installation.
 
The extensive SGS non-destructive testing services portfolio includes complete or sample examination of the assets, using well-designed procedures and highly-trained and certified NDT inspectors. SGS will provide Tekfen project leaders with comprehensive and valuable data, enabling them to make informed and intelligent asset management decisions.
 
SGS enjoys a worldwide reputation based on a proven track record as the leading trusted global non-destructive testing provider. Qualified and certified SGS inspectors provide NDT in strict accordance with international standards. With its NDT network stretching over 40 countries, SGS provides world-class non-destructive expertise and local service close to operations – wherever and whenever needed.
 
SGS is pleased to once again work alongside Tekfen in this distinguished project and looks forward to continuing this prestigious partnership.

For further information, please contact:

SGS Industrial Services
Nazim Shirinov
Industrial Business Manager
SGS Azeri Ltd.
OSCAR Business Centre
3001, Tbilisi avenue
AZ1102 Baku, Azerbaijan
t: +994 12 430 33 80
f: +994 12 430 33 79
www.sgs.com/ndt

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