Stoney company could save industry millions of pounds

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A company whose headquarters are in Stonehaven has developed a unique water-backed welding procedure which can save money.

Whittaker Engineering’s procedure for vessels is said to be able to save millions of pounds from the prevention of dry docking and resultant loss of production.

It uses high-powered induction heating coils to maintain a preheat temperature whilst welding water-backed plate, mitigating the loss through the ship’s hull into the cold temperature of the sea.

It was successfully deployed by EnQuest on Northern Producer Floating Production Units during routine work.

Greig Ritchie, operations manager for the Northern Producer, said: “This is a truly noteworthy welding development that has helped EnQuest carry out work in the most efficient way.”

Ken Whittaker of Whittaker Engineering said: “Many oil and gas vessels are expected to be at sea for 15 years or more.

“By carrying out the work, we can potentially save companies millions of pounds by avoiding dry docking and loss of production through downtime.”