Saudi: Sepco awards $608,000 contract to Exova

Sepco has awarded a $608,000 contract to Exova to support construction on Phase 2 of its main gas pipeline

The project will see Exova testing and validating materials and environments during the construction phase of Sepco’s compressor station.
The project will see Exova testing and validating materials and environments during the construction phase of Sepco’s compressor station.

Saudi Arabia’s Sepco Arabia Company has awarded a $608,000 (SAR2.28m) contract to UK-based testing company, Exova.

Under the terms of the contract, Exova will test and validate materials, and monitor environmental conditions during the construction of the engineering firm’s gas compressor station.

The project falls under Phase 2 of Saudi Arabia’s master gas scheme. The pipeline that will be developed as part of this initiative is expected to boost the country’s capacity by 353.9 million m3 of gas per day.

Exova will carry out materials testing on fresh and hardened concrete, along with soil classification and compaction tests.

All checks will be conducted to ASTM International standards using a nuclear density gauge for rapid determination of the in-situ density and moisture content of soils and compacted materials.

In addition, a concrete compression machine will be employed to determine whether the concrete mixture delivered meets the strength requirements of the job specification.

Work will be conducted both onsite, and in Exova’s Dammam laboratory.

A small onsite lab and a safe storage bunker to house the nuclear density gauge will be constructed at the gas compressor site.

Other testing, such as asphalt and reinforcing steel, will be done in Exova’s main laboratory in Dammam.

Commenting on the testing programme, Younes Elkhdari, general manager at Exova Saudi Arabia, said: “The equipment and test methodologies we will use in this project are critical to the longevity and safe operation of the finished pipeline.

“We are making a significant investment to be on site and delivering fast turnaround and real time information to the construction team. As a result, Sepco Arabia Company can have confidence in the materials they are using, and assurance that construction is progressing to pre-set specifications.”

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