The Australian Pipeliner

STATS Group expansion reaches new and promising heights

Most notably, one of the group’s most experienced and knowledgeable pipeline intervention experts, Dale Millward, has officially relocated to the region.

The relocation coincides with Millward’s appointment as Vice President Technical Assurance in Doha as demand for STATS’ products and services continues to increase. Likewise, the appointment comes as Qatar makes significant investment in its liquified natural gas production facilities. 

Millward has more than 25 years’ experience in the pipeline and subsea intervention industry and, since joining STATS in 2005, has played a leading role in the design, development and delivery of engineered pipeline isolation, line plugging and repair solutions on numerous major global projects.

STATS Group Chief Executive Officer Leigh Howarth says Millward is one of the company’s most experienced technical experts.

“Dale Millward’s relocation from Aberdeen to Qatar underscores the importance we place on providing in-country support to our clients. Dale’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in mentoring our local teams and supporting our clients during an exciting growth period,” he says. 

“The Middle East was one of the strongest performing regions with revenues increasing from £7.9 million ($13.77 million) in 2020 to £11.6 million.

“The group consolidated growth in its domestic UK market with revenues up from £5.1 million to £6.7 million, while the Canadian market grew from £6.7 million to £7.8 million.”

The pipeline technology specialist has also appointed two Business Development Engineers. Abdullah Al Riyami will strengthen the company’s presence in Oman, while Saudi Arabia-based Mohammed Alfaqih will focus on opportunities in KSA.

STATS Group, which employs more than 80 staff in the Middle East at bases in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar, is also looking to recruit additional technicians and engineers to support its activities across the Gulf region.

STATS Group’s General Manager Middle East, Mark Gault says it is benefiting from the company’s well-established localisation policy.

“This has involved significant investment in establishing regional facilities in the Middle East and the employment of locally based staff, leading to strong relationships with key players,” Gault says.

“I am delighted to welcome onboard Abdullah and Mohammed who will be pivotal in further embedding the STATS brand and reputation in the Omani and Saudi markets as we continue with our growth plans.”

Internationalisation remains a key strategic objective for the group. STATS Group’s latest financial accounts, noting that 87 per cent of its £49.7 million revenue in 2021 was derived from contracts executed outside of the United Kingdom. Moreover, STATS increased revenues to just under £50 million (approximately $87 million). EBITDA earnings, meanwhile, rose to £7.8 million ($13.57 million) from £6.5 million ($11.31 million).

Additionally, STATS recorded several other important operational milestones, including its continued expansion in the North American market and development of new client relationships in the US. 

In Nigeria, STATS completed a long-term isolation project on a FPSO on behalf of a major oil and gas operator, whilst in the UKCS, the company completed the largest number of simultaneous pipeline isolation projects in its 24-year history, delivering six concurrent North Sea pipeline shutdown campaigns on behalf of several clients.

In support of the internationalisation strategy, the group is progressing with plans to increase its local presence in Australia and is continuing to establish an excellent track record in the market. 

Some of STATS’ recent key milestones in Australia include the completion of several hot tap and BISEP® isolation projects with further expansion in the onshore gas market and the successful installation of an 18-inch mechanical subsea hot-tap clamp in the Bass Strait.

Notably, STATS deployed its first remotely operated inline isolation tool in Australia, on a 20-inch gas export line to allow the safe replacement of a valve, deploying its proprietary Remote Tecno Plug®. 

In addition to securing a swathe of new contracts in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and KSA, STATS has extended its Master Service Agreement with Petroleum Development Oman. This grants the company provision of pipeline isolation and hydrostatic testing services for a further five years.

STATS is conducting what it believes to be the world’s largest diameter subsea pipeline intervention campaign on behalf of a Middle East client. 

The campaign involves the hot tapping and isolation of 10 pipelines with diameters ranging from 42-inches to 56-inches. 

For more information visit STATS Group.

This article featured in the July edition of The Australian Pipeliner. 

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