Buchan firm invests £500,000 in state-of-art equipment

IOS business development manager Glynn Geddie.
IOS business development manager Glynn Geddie.

A leading Buchan storage and inspection firm has invested £500,000 in state-of-the-art inspection equipment at its tubular supply base in Peterhead.

Independent Oilfield Services (IOS), which was established in 2014, has purchased an electromagnetic inspection (EMI) unit to augment its tubular and drillpipe inspection processes.

The unit utilises the latest developments in electronic inspection techniques, such as electromagnetic longitudinal and transverse flaw detection and hall-effect wall loss, as well as electromagnetic grade comparator.

To support this investment, the firm has appointed a senior tubing & casing inspector, Andrew Reid, to help support the inspection and reporting on all tubing and casing that passes through the facility.

Mr Reid has substantial experience in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection techniques, and as and when required, will also head up the remote location inspection work, ensuring all contractual requirements are met on behalf of the IOS customer.

Mr Reid said: “I have been working in the oil and gas industry for 16 years now, primarily working in various forms of NDT inspection and have spent a lot of that time educating myself on the EMI process.

“It is fantastic to see IOS investing in a new EMI unit during this difficult time in the oil and gas industry.

Glynn Geddie, business development manager at IOS, said: “The investment in the new EMI unit will help increase productivity on the yard by reducing inspection time and implementing a higher quality inspection process.

“It’s important that our clients receive a reliable service from us, particularly when safety is at the forefront of our industry,” he added.