T.D. Williamson (TDW), a worldwide provider of equipment and services for operators of pressurized piping systems, announced that it has opened a new maintenance centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE. To mark the opening of the facility, approximately 65 representatives from customer organisations and agents of TDW from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region recently attended a Grand Opening event. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour. Guests had the opportunity to view a wide range of TDW systems, including hot tap and STOPPLE® plugging machines, and gas magnetic flux leakage (GMFL) and high resolution deformation (DEF) inline inspection (ILI) tools. Guests were also invited to learn more about data analysis techniques and pipeline repair solutions.
The addition of the new 7,500-square-foot facility represents the first phase of TDW plans to expand in the Middle East region. The facility complements the existing 7,500-square-foot Hot Tap and STOPPLE Plugging Service Center by adding a stand-alone maintenance capability aimed primarily at the ILI regional market.
“The expansion is in keeping with plans to strengthen our inspection business in the GCC region, and to provide turnkey facilities and back-up for preparation, maintenance and mobilization of ILI equipment,” said Mr Danny Haykal, Director - Middle East & Africa for TDW. “In addition to serving as our Middle East hub for inline inspection, the center also extends our hot tap and plugging equipment maintenance capacity, with sizes up to 36 inches for hot tapping and 24 inches for STOPPLE plugging operations,” he added.