Building structure for new Advanced Multiphase Facility completed
The main physical structure of TUV SUD NEL’s new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) has been completed, and the official handover has taken place. The keys were handed over by the property development company HDF Consulting, which contracted Muir Construction to carry out the work. They were received by Brian Austin, the new CEO of TUV SUD UK and Ireland.
The cutting-edge performance of the equipment to be installed in the building, means that the new structure has impressive performance capabilities. It features 100kN/m² high-load floors, 12m-high eaves, overhead cranes and a dedicated service yard.
Alongside the construction work, TUV SUD NEL staff have been working on the design and procurement needed to get the equipment that will be installed in the new facility ready for the building fit-out.
“Everything has been designed and manufactured off site so that it can be installed quickly and efficiently,” says Muir Porter, NEL’s Business Manager. “This fit-out process will take place over the next 12 months, with the final hand-over expected to happen in April 2019.”
The next milestone for the project will be the installation of a £1.45 million gravity separator, which is scheduled for delivery in August.
Maintaining the tradition of naming buildings on the East Kilbride site after renowned engineers and scientists, the Advanced Multiphase Facility will be known as the Reynolds Building.
TÜV SÜD AG is investing £11.1 million in the project, which is the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business. This money is being provided alongside £4.9 million of research and development funding from Scottish Enterprise.
Designed to provide a new, best-in-class, high-pressure multiphase flow test facility, with a test range beyond anything currently available anywhere else in the world, the AMF is focussed predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector. It will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Creating at least 17 new jobs, the facility will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years.