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SGS DRILLING EQUIPMENT INSPECTION FOR MAERSK DRILLING AUSTRALIA

Pipes, rigs, and oilfield tubulars are vulnerable to internal and external corrosion, cracking, third-party damage and manufacturing flaws. To guarantee smooth operations with such expensive equipment and to detect defects and discontinuities in the material, professional drilling equipment inspection is indispensable for companies in the upstream oil sector.

In order to ensure the safety and reliability of the drilling equipment for rig mobilization in Egypt, Maersk Drilling, part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, which is involved in a wide range of activities within the energy, shipbuilding, manufacturing and retail industries, sought a reliable inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Thanks to its long-term experience and first-rate competence in the oil and gas sector, SGS was selected from a large number of competitors to perform the drilling equipment inspection for 400 sections of drill pipe, drill collars and Hevi Wate drill pipes in Australia.

For the duration of the contract, scheduled from January 12 to early February 2012, SGS’s team of experts monitored the condition of the drill pipes for corrosion, pitting, cuts, gouges, wall loss and fatigue cracks as well as ensuring the operational integrity of the equipment in accordance with the latest regulations and standards.

Based on its extensive experience in drilling equipment inspection, SGS inspected drill pipes, drill collars and Hevi Wate drill pipes by applying a wide portfolio of testing methods, including magnetic particle testing, liquid penetrate inspection, ultrasonic testing and visual inspection in compliance with T.H.Hill DS-1 Cat 3-5 and T.H.Hill DS-1 Cat 5 standards.

With the help of SGS the drilling equipment was inspected rapidly, in good time for rig mobilization in Egypt and to the full satisfaction of the client. SGS is confident that its range of professional and timely services will build a good foundation for future cooperation with Maersk Drilling.

ABOUT SGS

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS has accreditation to all major standards and is recognized as a leading global benchmark in the field of inspection, verification, certification and testing. With experienced and qualified staff, SGS operates an extensive network of offices and laboratories in various fields, offering a wide range of product certification services.

For further information, please contact:

SGS Australia Pty. Ltd.
Mark Hankel
Business Manager DEI
65 Kapara Rd Gillman
South Australia 5013

t: +61 08 8 447 6883
f: +61 08 8 447 6442
Website: www.sgs.com

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.