Ellon firm’s contract boost

Tim Bell, left, and David Clark install a corrosion monitoring device
Tim Bell, left, and David Clark install a corrosion monitoring device

An Ellon-based company has won its first contract in Kazakhstan.

Integrity monitoring solutions specialists North East Corrosion Engineers (NECE) secured the work with Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO).

It covers the provision of corrosion coupon removal services for pipework on onshore oil and gas production facilities.

The contract - which is estimated to be in excess of £500,000 - will run for three years with the option for a further two, one-year extension options.

The company says it is a major boost towards developing more work in the region.

Corrosion coupons are used for measuring corrosion rates though a weight loss calculation.

Technicians from NECE, part of the ICR Group, will break into live process systems without affecting production, removing the original coupons and replacing with new ones.

NECE managing director Alan Taylor said: “Winning our first contract in Kazakhstan is a major step for us in developing more business in this region.

“The contract with KPO kick-starts what we believe will be an optimistic 2017 for our business, as we expect to secure more work both in the North Sea and globally throughout the year.”

The company, which employs 22 people, is currently recruiting and will increase its international presence with support from ICR.

NECE is also planning to enhance its research and development programme by exploring new technologies and advancing existing products.