Arc Energy Resources to clad Vulcan SFM wye pieces

Arc Energy Resources, a weld overlay cladding specialist, has completed a contract to apply a corrosion resistant surface to the internal bores of two forged wye pieces destined for BP’s Clair Ridge development west of Shetland in the North Sea.

Vulcan SFM, a subsidiary of Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, is a design and manufacturing specialist, has supplied all of the structural and heavy lift castings for the Clair Ridge jacket and topside modules. The project involves the supply of two 22-inch wye pieces, which are required for the convergence of two incoming pipe lines into one outgoing pipe line. Vulcan SFM has supplied wye pieces for many projects as both castings and forgings.

The special requirement for the cladding led to Vulcan SFM contacting Arc Energy Resources, a leading UK welding specialist with 20 years’ experience in weld overlay cladding and fabrication in the oil & gas industry. Arc Energy Resources’ manufacturing infrastructure is qualified to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and BS EN ISO 3834-2, whilst it also holds ASME U & National Board R stamp certificates of authorisation and is qualified to clad a wide range of base metal/cladding combinations to ASME IX, API 6A and NACE amongst others. The company also provides in-house test weld, heat treatment, PMI, FARO Arm inspection and NDT facilities.

Mr Ian Nicholls, Managing Director of Vulcan SFM says “We already had two projects on-going with Arc Energy Resources for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico so we had no hesitation in using them again on this project for Clair Ridge.”

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