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OSD expands into slurry

OSD Pipelines has established a team of slurry pipeline specialists as part of a move to increase its market share in the global pipeline services industry.

OSD Pipelines has hired some of the world’s leading slurry pipeliners to spearhead its expansion into key resources markets in Australia, North America, South America and the Middle East. The company has offices in Brisbane, Calgary (Canada), Melbourne and Perth, and the new focus on the slurry business has been the catalyst for opening a new office in Santiago, Chile.

The OSD Slurry Group will offer three core services offerings:

  • Project development – due diligence, owner’s engineer, feasibility studies, economic valuations, project approvals, risk management;
  • Project execution – engineering, project management, construction management, procurement services, project approvals and project services;
  • Asset services – operation services, land liaison, regulatory advice, technical audits and commissioning services.

Additional services are also available including slurry pipeline training and water management. In addition, a new Rheology laboratory has been established in Perth to further complement the Slurry Group’s services.

OSD Managing Director Brian O’Sullivan believes the company can achieve a prominent position in the global slurry pipeline market.

“We have acquired a new generation of slurry pipeline specialists with some of the most technically-skilled, yet commercially-focused people in the business,” he said.

OSD has been involved in slurry since 1998, working on numerous Australian projects including Century Zinc in Queensland, as well as Extension Hill and Karara iron ore, located in Western Australia.

Meet the team

Members of the OSD slurry team have worked on a significant number of the world’s major slurry pipeline projects over the past decade. They combine global experience on challenging and successful projects with extensive technical knowledge and a commercial focus on solutions and results for clients.

Members of the OSD slurry team have actively participated in major slurry projects around the world including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Mexico, Turkey and the United States.

The Slurry Group is headed by Jean Philippe (JP) Fortin, who has had pivotal roles in some of the major slurry pipelines currently in operation worldwide. His experience ranges from conceptual engineering to detailed engineering and commissioning.

“We have a dedicated team that combines classic techniques with a modern approach,” said Mr Fortin.

“We offer flexible, tailored transport solutions and a customer focus to give our clients exactly what they require.”

Axel Hammer has been appointed the Commercial and Business Manager for the Slurry Pipelines Group. Mr Hammer has many years of experience as a dedicated slurry pipeline engineer and has developed an in-depth understanding of the technical and operational aspects of slurry pipelines and facilities.

Originally from Chile, Mr Hammer has strong and long lasting relationships with local South American pipeline owners and operators.

Chile and Brazil will be the OSD Pipelines Slurry Group’s initial focus with as many as ten projects in its sights.

The team, which also includes Kelly Snyder and Mick Hoskins, boasts multi-lingual capabilities to ensure fast and accurate communication with clients.

Growing with OSD

OSD has shown significant growth in the niche pipeline services market and covers all major pipeline sectors including oil, gas, water, slurry and coal seam gas. The company has been engaged on projects and services across Australia, throughout the United States and Canada, Chile, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Oman, Turkey, and most recently Iraq.

OSD has grown from a staff of four in Brisbane in 2002, to over 160 core pipeline specialists now based in five locations. The team boasts in excess of a combined 1,000 years of experience in pipeline engineering, project delivery and operating services.

“We have a vision of being the number one global pipeline services provider by 2013,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

For further information about OSD’s new Slurry Group contact JP Fortin on 08 9225 5550 or email jp.fortin@osdpipelines.com

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