Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New Centre of Excellence driving growth in facility design work

Global interest in the current development of NEL’s new £16million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development has led to an increase in the number of enquiries for facility design services. Several consultancy projects of this type are now underway for clients in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

“Thanks to the international significance of the new facility, news of its build has been disseminated and picked up around the world,” says Thomas McCudden, Head of Sales & Marketing. “This has highlighted NEL’s expertise in facility design. As a result, we have had a lot of interest from both governmental bodies and private companies who want our input into the development of new test and research facilities.”

Current facility design projects being developed include joint ventures with government agencies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar and a feasibility study for the gas transmission company Eustream, which operates in the Slovak Republic.

“Eustream has approached us with a view to developing a study for a calibration facility in the country, which has historically been the main route for gas from Russia to Western Europe,” explains Thomas. “The scope for the work that is being discussed prior to finalisation of contract includes Concept Definition and Front-End Engineering Definition (FEED).”

“On projects of this kind, an NEL project team looks at the technical requirements and the client’s aims and objectives,” explains Thomas. “They can then give advice on aspects such as design, technology, costs and timings, supplies and logistics.”

The work on NEL’s CoE has been promoted by Scottish Enterprise (SE) partly as a way to generate jobs in Scotland. SE itself contributed a £4.9 million research and development grant to help with the development of the new facility.

Construction of the new CoE began in September 2017 and the base building is anticipated to be completed by April 2018. The new high pressure multiphase flow test facility will have the largest test range in the world, positioning Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement. It will incorporate a range of unique equipment, including a £1.45 million gravity separator.

For more details, contact Thomas McCudden


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