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SGS in major oil refinery inspection

26 January 2010

SGS Industrial Services utilised NDT (Non Destructive Testing) instrumentation when it carried out inspection work during the shutdown of two of Europe’s largest oil refineries. The company turned to Ashtead Technology to hire the equipment for the two month long inspection of the BP Europoort site in Rotterdam and Total’s Vlissingen refinery.

Ashtead provided 14 Panametrics 37DL Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges to SGS, which had to complete the inspection and maintenance work as quickly and effectively as possible. SGS technicians used the 37DL to measure the thickness of pipelines, drum vessels and towers on both sites.

Dennis van Elk, account manager, of SGS said: “It was vital that the instrumentation arrived on time and was ready to use prior to the shutdown of the sites, which only happens once every four years, due to the size of the plants.

“The project had to be finalised within the shutdown time so we could not afford for there to be any technical or delivery issues and our client was delighted with the speed and efficiency of the inspection programme.”

The test gauges identified several maintenance issues at both the plants which enabled immediate remedial action before normal plant operation resumed.


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