Ocean Kinetics opens centre for non-destructive testing

LOCAL engineering firm Ocean Kinetics has opened a non-destructive testing facility – the only commercial service of its kind in Shetland.

The new service, located opposite the company’s premises at Lerwick’s Port Business Park, offers services to businesses seeking quality assured testing of pipework, pressure systems and welded joints in the manufacturing, repair and maintenance process.

Managing director John Henderson said: “Ocean Kinetics has long specialised in marine works, metal works and fabrication, welding, pipework, repair and corrosion prevention, project management and design, and we recognised that there was a real need for radiographic inspection facilities in Shetland.

“We have therefore invested in an innovative service that will reduce fabrication lead times, minimise handling costs and offer an attractive service to a range of clients.”

He added: “The completion of the facility coincided with Covid restrictions, so we have been unable to open the doors to the public in the way that we would have wished.

“Instead, we have conducted the opening online and provided a virtual tour of the facility.”

Henderson added that the facility had already been used to undertake radiography and pressure testing of pipework for a number of clients, including EnQuest and Total, as well Lerwick Engineering and Fabrication (LEF).

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