Major investment by Exova in Houston laboratory

Global testing company Exova has invested over $600,000 in its Houston facility to help solve pipeline corrosion that is costing the global oil and gas industry millions of dollars annually.

The investment follows rising demand for corrosion testing which has seen Exova’s revenues at its Houston oil and gas facility grow by some 155 per cent between 2010 and 2012.

This has been driven by high levels of activity in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil, where harsher environments are pushing materials to their operational limit, resulting in an urgent requirement for more resistant materials, and the minimization of subsea failure risks.

Commenting on the investment, Robert Archibald, vice president, US Materials, Oil & Gas at Exova, said: “Growth in demand for our services has been prompted by increased exploration and drilling activity combined with tougher new Environmental Protection Agency legislation. This investment will see us increasing our capacity and enhancing our technical expertise to serve and exceed client requirements.”

“The corrosion market is extremely dynamic, with technically demanding requirements, and is increasingly global in its nature. Exova has an excellent reputation in sector and aim to maximise this with our continuing investment programme.”

The Houston laboratory will benefit from a 33 per cent increase in autoclave capacity which allow tests to be completed up to 600 F and up to 10,000 psi and two additional slow strain rate testing frames.

Archibald added: “On a global level, the investment will mean our capacity is better aligned for future growth, effectively future proofing the business. In addition, it will underscore our worldwide capabilities, enabling us to enhance our market leadership position in corrosion.”

Houston is part of a global network of Exova laboratories that includes Sandnes, Crema, Abu Dhabi and Singapore and a new $3.2m Exova Corrosion centre of excellence in Dudley, England.