A trio of companies including Newton Aycliffe-based M5tec have joined forces to deliver a bespoke rig for the testing of gas pipelines.
Aycliffe firm M5tec, ROSEN Group and Renown Engineering – all members of NOF Energy, a UK development organisation and members’ group for the energy sector – teamed up after being introduced at Subsea North East, an event organised by NOF Energy.
ROSEN engaged with the team at M5tec (pictured above) with a design brief for a test rig, which needed to simultaneously induce a tensile, torsion and bending force to a fitting connected to a variety of pipe diameters.
An agreed design concept was put through detailed 3D modelling and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), followed by the production of manufacturing drawings for ROSEN. Renown supported the project by producing the test rig’s frame, before the final product was assembled at ROSEN’s test facility.
The next stage of the project will see ROSEN perform a series of tests to support the approval of the product for the gas industry.
Founded in 2014, M5tec is a multidiscipline engineering design company for the oil and gas, subsea, nuclear, and general engineering industries.
With expertise in engineering, mechanical and hydraulic design, the company also provides engineering resource and consultancy services.
M5tec operations director Carl Jones said: “Our time-served engineers bring experience and knowledge with them from previous engineering backgrounds, which allowed our team to deliver high-quality designs to ROSEN.
“The communication between ROSEN and M5tec was excellent, which was definitely influenced by our existing relationship from Subsea North East.”
ROSEN, a world-wide inspection technology company, provides cutting-edge solutions in all areas of the inspection and integrity supply chain to over 120 countries.
In Newcastle, ROSEN offers engineering consultancy and technical testing and field services to support asset integrity management on an international scale in the engineering sector.
Renown Engineering, based in Cramlington, is a premium supplier of fabrication, welding, design and assembly services to the oil & gas, defence, marine and offshore industries.