Grampian corrosion engineers break into Kazakhstan market with £500,000 rust-busting contract

NECE workers Tim Bell (left) and David Clark install a corrosion monitoring device
NECE workers Tim Bell (left) and David Clark install a corrosion monitoring device

Grampian-based North East Corrosion Engineers (NECE) has landed a £500,000 anti-corrosion contract for work on pipework on onshore oil and gas production facilities in Kazakhstan.

The contract with Karachaganak Petroleum will run for three years with the option for a further two one year extension options.

Corrosion coupons are used for measuring corrosion rates though a weight loss calculation. Technicians from NECE will break into live process systems without affecting production, removing the original coupons and replacing with new ones.

All the activity will be undertaken by NECE under normal site operating conditions. The contract will require the replacement of approximately 400 coupons.

Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor

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 Karachaganak Petroleum 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.”

NECE, which employs 22 people at its depot near Ellon, is currently recruiting and will increase its international presence with support from its ICR parent group. The company is also planning to enhance its research and development programme by exploring new technologies and advancing existing products.


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