SSW’s new in­door test tank one of UK’s big­gest

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - BUSINESS - BY KEITH FIND­LAY

A sub­sidiary of north-east en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Score Group has un­veiled a new deep­wa­ter test tank at its new fa­cil­i­ties in Peter­head.

The tank, which is nearly 40ft long, 20ft wide and 20ft deep, holds about 95,000 gal­lons of water.

It is one of the largest in­door tanks in the UK for deep­wa­ter sub­sea test­ing pur­poses, with the abil­ity to pres­sure test up to a max­i­mum of 45,000 pounds per square inch.

Specif­i­cally built to be able to han­dle larger and heav­ier pieces of equip­ment, such as sub­sea trees and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment, the new tank can also be used dry as a safe bunker for cer­tain types of high pres­sure tests.

Score Sub­sea and Well­head (SSW) also com­mis­sioned two gantry cranes, ca­pa­ble of lift­ing 10 and 50-tonne loads, to be used with the tank.

SSW op­er­ates from a 160-acre site on the south side of Peter­head along­side other Score Group com­pa­nies.

Other spe­cialisms of the sub­sea di­vi­sion, led by Bill Urquhart, in­clude gen­eral and qual­i­fi­ca­tion test­ing, as well as sub­sea/well­head, hy­draulic, decom­mis­sion­ing and en­gi­neer­ing de­sign and con­sul­tancy ser­vices.

Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Con­rad Ritchie said: “We are de­lighted to an­nounce this open­ing of this class-lead­ing fa­cil­ity at a time when our in­dus­try con­tin­ues to emerge from an un­prece­dented down­turn. This in­vest­ment is a bold state­ment of op­ti­mism and con­fi­dence in the economies in which we op­er­ate.”

Bill Urquhart, left, and Con­rad Ritchie at the test tank

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