Integrity monitoring solutions specialist North East Corrosion Engineers (NECE), part of the ICR group, is celebrating the first quarter of 2017 with its first contract in Kazakhstan. The company secured a contract with Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO) for the provision of corrosion coupon removal services for pipework on onshore oil and gas production facilities in Kazakhstan. The contract will run for three years with the option for a further two one year extension options. The value of the contract is estimated to be in excess of £500,000.

Corrosion coupons are used for measuring deterioration rates though a weight loss calculation. Technicians from NECE will break into live process systems without affecting production, removing the original coupons and replacing with new ones. All the activity will be undertaken by NECE under normal site operating conditions. The contract will require the replacement of approximately 400 coupons.

NECE managing director Alan Taylor said: “Winning our first contract in Kazakhstan is a major step for us in developing more business in this region. The contract with KPO kick-starts what we believe will be an optimistic 2017 for our business.”