A FIRM which helps companies protect plants and offshore facilities from corrosion has secured a £250,000 contract with a major Danish gas development project.
Cramlington-based Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM), which has operations in Aberdeen, will deliver surveys and data management for three further assets in the Danish sector of the North Sea.
The 15-week project has led to SCM adding two specialist surveyors to its pool of engineers for the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) project comprising Shell, Chevron, Maersk Oil and the Danish North Sea Fund.
The company – which has been providing software, systems and products to help manage corrosion for over 30 years – has built up a customer base in locations such as the North Sea, Europe, Middle East and the Americas.
It was initially established as the TCI Group back in 1980, and provides services to the oil and gas industry, as well as other manufacturing and process firms.
Ian Cordingley, managing director of SCM, said: “We have established an excellent working relationship with Maersk Oil, which has enabled SCM to secure this contract extension based on our previously successful deliveries.
“This means Maersk Oil engineers will be able to better manage their maintenance requirements going forward, increasing the operational lifespan of these platforms.
“With contract wins such as this we’re hoping to grow our turnover by quarter of a million every year over the next four years. We’re never going to be bigger than a £4m turnover company but that’s where we want to be. I like being a niche company and you lose that when you get too big.
“We’ve interest from places as peculiar and as far afield as a gold mine in Dominican Republic. There’s a lot of acid that needs to be neutralised and that can cause massive corrosion.
“The increasing demands of corrosion management within the oil and gas sector, particularly as operators manage life cycle extension of long-established assets, has created new opportunities for our company and enabled us to expand our workforce and enhance the technology-based solutions we offer to industry.”
Over more than three decades, SCM has established a worldwide reputation for corrosion management and control systems.
Cordingley said the company usually works in a couple of ways.
Sometimes it gives the client its cloud-based RISCm software package, deploys its staff to the site to help input the relevant readings and measurements, and allows this client to monitor corrosion and integrity from there.
Alternatively, it can be approached for a larger role, which can involve building a bespoke system and handling the management of that system.
As the world leader in building corrosion management systems, SCM says the only market it hasn’t tackled successfully is its own backyard.
“The one area we’ve never tackled is locally,” said Cordingley. “There’s a number of plants in this area we could offer really cost-effective specialist support. All of the process plants in Teesside are definitely a target market for us.”