Building stats in the Middle East

STATS Group has strengthened its presence throughout the Middle East.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, STATS Group operates globally through a growing network of operational bases, branch offices and partners. Recently, the pipeline technology specialist secured a two year extension to a Master Services Agreement with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to provide pipeline isolation and hydrostatic testing services.

STATS Middle East Director Angus Bowie says the PDO agreement is an important contract that the company is delighted to have extended further, with a strengthened Middle East presence able to support this project.

“The new facility in Oman will help support this contract and having a local presence gives us a platform to extend our footprint in the Sultanate and wider Middle East region,” he says.

“With our commitment in Oman and further investment in larger facilities in Abu Dhabi, it should open up new opportunities and underlines how much we value our existing clients in the region.”

More plans for expansion

Last year, STATS signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Safari Oil and Gas (SOG) following a successful isolation work scope conducted on behalf of Saudi Aramco, which used STATS’ hot tap installed double block and bleed BISEP tools.

To support the partnership and drive the expansion in Saudi Arabia, STATS Group Business Development Manager Hafiz Abdul Kareem relocated from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia. STATS Group has since supplied equipment, services and personnel from its Abu Dhabi base.

Mr Bowie says forming this strategic partnership with SOG underlines STATS Group’s commitment to growing its business in Saudi Arabia.

“Safari is very well respected, has many years of experience, an excellent track record in pipeline maintenance and repair, and represents an ideal synergy with STATS and the technologies and services we offer the market,” he says.

“STATS Group has successfully delivered pilot isolation workscopes for both hot tap installed and launcher installed product ranges on behalf of Saudi Aramco and are working closely with major EPC contractors to offer safe solutions on a number of projects.

“We believe [Saudi Arabia] could be a key market in the region which will make a significant contribution to the growth of our global business.”

As of April 2020, STATS Group says it has made longer term plans to open a permanent base in Saudi Arabia in addition to its recent Middle Eastern expansions.

This article was featured in the July 2020 edition of Pipelines International. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, click here.

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