‘Explosive’ JIP underway at DNV GL’s centre

DNV GL has officially opened a new, state-of-the-art training centre at its large-scale testing and research facility at Spadeadam in Cumbria, UK. It was opened by The Rt Hon The Lord Cullen of Whitekirk KT. The international oil & gas advisory and classification society is also inviting participation in a new joint industry project (JIP) to improve cost-efficiencies in explosion protection designs for process areas with testing to take place at the site.


More than GBP 3M has been invested in the Spadeadam Testing and Research centre to enhance its offering to perform rarely available trials in a controlled and secure ‘real-life’ environment. The site features some of the world’s most advanced destructive and non-destructive test facilities. The new training and conference facility will enhance experiential learning for the oil and gas, chemical, utilities and security industries. The Rt Hon The Lord Cullen of Whitekirk KT, said: “I welcome the creation of this conference centre for the support of training. Hazard awareness is essential for the successful management of safety in the interface between people, plant and equipment, with which they have to work.â€? Spadeadam will run full-scale experiments, using available test rigs, for a new DNV GL-led JIP, CostFX, to investigate cost-efficient explosion load descriptions for process areas.

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