Autumn 2015

Tapping in to JF NDT's expertise

Scottish Water has become the first utility company to take advantage of James Fisher's multi-million pound investment at its NDT site in Deeside.

One reason why James Fisher has invested in its NDT site at Deeside is to expand its reach into further markets, particularly the UK’s utility market where there is significant opportunity for growth.

The specialised X-ray bays and testing facilities which are very much in demand with the local aerospace industry have undergone significant investment and certification and are now generating interest in the oil, gas and utility sectors.

Now Scottish Water has become the first major player to award its strongly contested asset inspection and testing framework contract to JFNDT – making it the first NDT company to enter this market.

This contract is expected to be worth several million pounds spread over 12 years.

The tender bid was headed up by utilities business development manager Patrick Boyle, who says Scottish Water was particularly impressed by the JFNDT ‘corrosion mapping capability’ which uses ‘crawlers’ to operate up and down tanks, detecting any erosion, corrosion, pitting and cracking.

The JFNDT technicians are able to identify problems very quickly and efficiently without the tanks having to be taken out of service. Patrick explains:

"If a water tank is taken out of service this counts as operational down time and water companies need to avoid this where possible, so any technique we can offer to keep the asset operationally fit is critical for the client and customer."

This is JFNDT’s first contract award in the utility market, and marks an important milestone in the growth of the company and the reputation it is now acquiring.

A huge factor which helped to secure the contract was JFNDT’s fortunate position of having highly-prized UKAS accreditation which supersedes the working standards of many industries, including the water industry.

"The win makes us a leading force in this area and possibly as much as two years ahead of the game,"

adds Patrick.

"We are supporting the Scottish Water contract operationally from both Deeside and Glasgow as we now have a Scottish Water general manager based in Scotland."

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