Halfwave looks Down Under

NORWEGIAN concern Halfwave is eyeing an expansion into the Australian market following another contract with Woodside Petroleum for the acoustic resonance technology (ART) firm owned by two of the Perth oiler’s North West Shelf partners.

Halfwave looks Down Under 30-inch ART Scan for Woodside's Angel export pipeline.

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Bergen-headquartered Halfwave, which has additional offices in Oslo and Portland, UK, is jointly owned by Energy Ventures, Det Norske Veritas, Chevron Corporation and Shell, along with employees and board members.
 
Its key offering is its patented ultra-wideband ART, giving penetration and measurement capabilities which exceed those of existing inspection technologies. 
 
The company wants to establish ART as a superior technology in the markets for pipeline and riser inspection, well inspection and condition assessment of critical infrastructure.
 
A Norway-based spokesman told Energy News yesterday that the company was always looking at opportunities to grow, and "setting up a base in the Australian market is certainly something we will look at going forward".
 
This week, the firm secured more contracts from Woodside to provide pigging inspection services to the Pluto trunkline and Angel export pipeline offshore Western Australia, to be carried out over the next two years.
 
The ART Scan technology for ultrasonic inspection of natural gas pipelines will be used for the in-line inspection of those pipelines.
 
"Woodside are an early adopter of new technology and we look forward to providing our services and working together with Woodside on technically challenging projects," Halfwave CEO Paul Cooper said. 
 
"This award provides Halfwave the opportunity to continue building a long-term relationship with Woodside by providing quality, efficient and safe services."
 
Halfwave has previously worked for Woodside on several different projects, and its pipeline and subsea inspection sales and marketing manager Willem Vos told Energy News the company was looking to expand its reach Down Under.
 
"Since starting commercial services in 2014, the market in Perth has been very important to Halfwave because our tools are specifically suited for the inline inspection of offshore gas lines in Australia," Vos said. 
 
"With the high gas velocities and thick pipe wall so commonly found in new and recent LNG projects, ART Scan in line inspection tools feel right at home down under."
 
Halfwave was also awarded a job for external pipeline inspection in Australia earlier in the year - a subsea inspection where a remotely operated vehicle moves the company's external pipe scanner across to different locations on the pipeline.
 
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