Heerema Marine Contractors has awarded SGS a 12-week contract for pre-qualification testing services relating to pipeline field joint coatings.

Heerema Marine Contractors is preparing for a large-scale pipeline project in late 2016 and is undertaking research and development work to identify the most suitable materials for pipeline coating when the full project begins. As a result, the company needed expertise and laboratory capabilities to provide an in-depth analysis of pipeline coatings. That’s why they chose SGS.

SGS will benchmark materials from different manufacturers, and provide Heerema with a greater insight into the performance characteristics relative to the subsea conditions for future project work. SGS has developed a test program with the client to provide laboratory testing, including thermal analysis, microscopic examination, hot water immersion and cathodic disbondment testing of pipeline coatings applied to 56 field joints.

Conducting the service from their laboratory in Manchester, UK, SGS will work with Heerema’s Innovation and Development Department based in Leiden, The Netherlands. This isn't the first time Heerema and SGS have worked together. They have been developing a working partnership for pre-qualification testing services relating to pipeline field joint coatings for various projects, since February 2015. SGS has also been working with Heerema’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pipeline Technique Ltd, based in Peterhead, Scotland.

SGS Coatings Manager Christian Booth said: “Our team at SGS has been working hard behind the scenes to develop ties with major contractors such as Heerema. We are beginning to see the results of our endeavors at developing best-in-class facilities at our laboratory in the UK, as well as providing a comprehensive service to our clients. This project signifies a major step forward in our aim to become the leader in coatings testing services.”

For more information, please contact:

Christian Booth
Coatings Manager
SGS United Kingdom Ltd.
Unit 2
Kestrel Road
Trafford Park
M17 1SF
t: +44 161 873 7662
f: +44 161 872 3547
m: +44 7730 761 059

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