Thursday, August 19, 2010

News: RJD handles oil rig contract


Rotherham-based RJD Engineering has played a critical part in a £3.1m oil rig project and helped the Robson Group secure a repeat order.

Based in Sheffield, Geo Robson & Co (Conveyors) is a specialist provider of bulk handling systems for the sugar, cement and glass, recycling environmental, quarry and mining industries, and a specialist in the manufacture and installation of airport baggage handling systems and airport conveyors.

Robson has added another industry to their portfolio by successfully completing systems for the offshore oil exploration industry.

A repeat order was the reward for completing a £3.1m project, which involved the fabrication and build of a pipe handler conveyor and crane. The pipe handler plays a critical role within a deep sea oil rig drilling system, ensuring that the drill pipe sections, up to five metres in length and weighing up to four tonnes are transferred safely to and from the drilling platform.

Destined for the Norwegian oil fields, the pipe handler was fabricated at Hellaby in Rotherham by Robson's sister company, RJD Engineering, who ensured the structure met the critical weight limits that the customer required.

The system had to undergo stringent testing to meet complex standards for the Norwegian Oil Industry and meet the European ATEX Standards for Potentially Explosive Atmospheres.

RJD undertook the task of gaining the accreditation of the British and European Standard BS EN ISO 3834. Required mainly for the offshore and nuclear industries, the standard ensures the company meets the highest quality of welding, traceability and documentation.

Only a handful of UK companies currently hold the standard awarded by TWI (The Welding Institute), ensuring the Robson Group is one of the market leaders in this field.

RJD Engineering Ltd, joined the Robson Group in the 1980s. It employs 66 staff and enjoys a turnover of £8m.

RJD Engineering website



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