Applus RTD has opened an office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following the demand for its non-destructive testing (NDT) services in the area. The new office is part of Applus RTD’s strategic growth plan and has been driven by operations surrounding the Marcellus Shale formation.
Martin Derby, Director for US shale development, Applus RTD said, ‘opening up a base in Pittsburgh has placed Applus RTD at the heart of the Marcellus Formation and has allowed us to provide onsite support for our existing client base.
‘From this office we are providing conventional NDT services such as radiography, ultra sonic testing (UT) and digital radiography testing (DRT), as well as additional support in geotechnical services including seismic refraction and ground penetrating radar for pipeline design and pipeline investigation studies.’
FMC Technologies, Inc. announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors. The new director is Peter Oosterveer, COO of Fluor Corporation. A 25 year Flour veteran, Oosterveer previously served as the group president of the company’s Energy & Chemicals Business Segment, and senior vice president of its global chemicals and petrochemicals business. He has a bachelor of science degree in Electronics from HTS Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, and is a graduate of the Thunderbird University International Management Program, Stanford’s Executive Business School, and the Fluor Management Institute. Oosterveer will join the Board on February 1, 2015.
Honeywell Process Solutions has announced that it will upgrade controls at two refineries run by Turkey’s largest company as part of a five year service, maintenance and support contract aimed at improving operations and reducing maintenance costs. Under the terms of the agreement with Tupras, Turkey’s largest industrial enterprise, Honeywell will upgrade existing systems at the company’s Aliaga refinery and provide maintenance, support and parts management for the Honeywell equipment at that facility and at the company’s refinery at Batman. Honeywell will provide round the clock support and a resident engineer to provide quicker response times, adding to overall savings on maintenance. The agreement runs through 2018. In 2013, Honeywell updates one of the largest control systems at the Izmir refinery, migrating it to Honeywell’s Experion control system. The contract will improve plant performance while reducing maintenance costs for the refineries’ Honeywell control systems by 15 – 20%.
Osman Demir, Tupras Contracts and Procurement Coordinator said, ‘Honeywell was the only automation vendor to provide a lifecycle management contract that goes beyond simple maintenance activities. The contract let us meet one of our major challenges in constructing an efficient long term plan for migrations while also giving us certainty for our financial plan. It means we can reduce the risk of any nasty surprises from maintenance for these systems.’
Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd
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