TÜV SÜD NEL and the Arabian Calibration Company (ACC) have signed a long-term agreement to deliver meter calibration and flow measurement services within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The agreement will see TÜV SÜD NEL supporting ACC in the creation and ongoing delivery of a number of services, including fixed and mobile calibration capabilities, and flow measurement services such as audits, uncertainty studies, meter selection and training. The longer-term goal of both parties is the development of measurement capability within the KSA, using Saudi nationals for the provision of these services.
Recognising the market gap and lack of local expertise, Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures (Wa’ed Ventures) has invested in ACC along with local partner, Ibrahim Al Arifi. The principal customer focus for the initiative is the oil and gas industry. However, a local presence providing flow measurement and related engineering services has potential to save millions of dollars for industries involved in water, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical and power generation.
Ibrahim Al Arifi, CEO of the ACC, said: “The importance of reliable flow measurement and meter calibration is becoming a hot topic across Saudi Arabia. We look forward to working with the TÜV SÜD NEL team to develop a broad range of flow measurement services in the Kingdom and in developing the skills of local talent to meet these needs.”
John Batchelor, Head of Industry Service Operations at TÜV SÜD UK, said: “This agreement is testament to TÜV SÜD NEL’s exceptional team of flow measurement experts who are highly skilled in understanding our customers’ operational challenges, and then applying engineering solutions which maximise efficiencies and minimise expenditure. Our innovative approach to technical services delivery will help ACC to develop something truly unique that will support a wide range of industries in the Kingdom.”
Khalil Al Shafei of Wa’ed Ventures, said: “A local independent calibration facility was much needed for our localisation initiative and a reliable technical partner like TÜV SÜD NEL assures us that we can achieve this major milestone as it has an impressive reputation within the oil and gas industry as a world leader in flow measurement.”
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