The laboratory operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity to meet client needs.
Element Hitchin is re-locating all pressure testing installations to a new, purpose-fitted facility with an area of 12 000 ft2, a fourfold increase over the previous layout.
Hitchin’s highly-regarded pressure testing division primarily serves majors in the oil and gas industry, with capabilities for exposures involving H2S, long-term, HP/HT, functional, RGD, and others. The move to an enhanced facility will double station capacity to 140 vessels and accommodate a wide range of pressure equipment, enabling Hitchin to handle larger-scale client components and the capability to move fixtures of up to 2 t.
One large test vessel has already been installed ‘permanently’ at the new site on behalf of a client consortium for a specific long-term exposure test programme, with the 13 t vessel to be used for the evaluation of deepwater pipe insulation systems under realistic conditions.
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