RINA Services has been awarded a major contract to inspect the weld testing for
the 487 km Baku-Tbilisi pipeline. The 48 inch pipeline is being built by the
SAIPEM - AZFEN consortium on behalf of BP and it is part of the Tanap and TAP
infrastructural project that will make it possible for gas from Azerbaijan to
be supplied directly to Italy and the European gas pipeline system.
company has been chosen by SAIPEM-AZFEN as the third party body that is to
check the welding testing on the Azerbaijan and Georgian parts of the gas
pipeline over the next thirty months. The contract covers 424 km in Azerbaijan
and 63 km in Georgia with installation of associated block valves, pigging
facilities and tie-ins.
Two teams of technicians from RINA will be
based in Azerbaijan and Georgia and will inspect Visual (VT), Radiography (RT),
and/or Automatic and Manual Ultrasonic (AUT) and Magnetic Particle Tests (MT)
covering all welding on the network.
RINA opened an office in
Azerbaijan in 2014 and in Georgia this year to deliver a wide range of testing
and certification services to these fast-growing markets.
RINA Services certifies
around 20,000 welders and 1,100 welding procedures every year on behalf of
major global engineering and construction companies.
Services is the RINA group company which delivers ship classification, and
testing, inspection and certification services. RINA is a multi-national group
which delivers verification, certification, conformity assessment, marine
classification, environmental enhancement, product testing, site and vendor
supervision, training and engineering consultancy across a wide range of
industries and services. RINA operates through a network of companies covering
Marine, Energy, Infrastructures & Construction, Transport & Logistics,
Food & Agriculture, Environment & Sustainability, Finance & Public
Institutions and Business Governance. With a turnover of over 330 million Euros
in 2014, over 2,750 employees, and 163 offices in 60 countries worldwide, RINA
is recognized as an authoritative member of key international organizations and
an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards. www.rina.org
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