Intertek opens facility for testing

01 June 2015

Intertek has opened a laboratory in Abu Dhabi, described as the first of its kind in the region, which offers integrated oil and gas testing services.

The company, one of the leading solutions providers to industries worldwide, will address through the new facility increasing challenges faced in the exploration and production industry. It will provide testing and expert consultancy services to help maximise recovery and minimise risks and operational costs.

The laboratory, which forms part of Intertek’s Upstream Services business, consists of three interconnected buildings and houses Intertek’s resident and visiting scientists, engineers, geologists and technicians working with national and multi-national oil companies operating in the region.

Edmond Shtepani, vice president and director, Intertek Upstream Services, said: “The new high-end, state-of-the-art facility is the regional gateway to Intertek’s comprehensive upstream oil and gas laboratory testing, The Abu Dhabi Technology Centre will have a huge positive cost-related and time-related impact on our clients in the region, whether in the exploration phase of a project or for the optimisation of existing oil and gas fields.”

Intertek’s Abu Dhabi Technology Centre currently serves clients in the areas of reservoir and production optimisation, reservoir characterisation and formation evaluation, routine and special core analysis and oilfield corrosion. The laboratory plans to introduce pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) and fluid phase behaviour, geology and geochemistry, flow assurance, drilling and completion fluids testing, as well as oilfield microbiology services.

The new 15,000 sq ft facility in Musaffah, Abu Dhabi, forms part of Intertek’s global Exploration and Production Services. The Abu Dhabi Technology Centre will locally conduct reservoir characterisation and formation evaluation in the exploration phase of conventional and unconventional reserves, as well as reservoir and production optimisation for existing mature concessions. 

Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Saeed Al Nahyan officially opened the new facility.

Hussain Al-Atrakchi, Intertek regional managing director for the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, said: “The new Abu Dhabi Technology Centre will bring cutting-edge testing equipment to the doorsteps of our regional clients, here in Abu Dhabi and throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and beyond, offering advanced testing and evaluation for the oil and gas industry.”

Shtepani said the new facility would have a huge positive cost- and time-related impact on clients in the region, whether in the exploration phase of a project or for the optimisation of existing oil and gas fields.

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