EAST KILBRIDE, UK – NEL has started construction of its £16-million ($19.7-million) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development in central Scotland.
The company says that the new high-pressure multiphase flow test facility will have the largest test range in the world.
The testing range includes single-phase, multiphase and dry gas, at operating pressures up to 150 bar (2,176 psi) - doubling current existing capabilities to replicate subsea production conditions.
The new CoE building will span 1,600 sq m (17,222 sq ft), and contain a £1.45-million ($1.9-million), full production scale separator, with an operating weight of 270 metric tons.
It will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, SME support, hands-on industry training, and academic research. The center will also create at least 17 new jobs and safeguarding a further 82.
Scottish Enterprise has supported the development of the CoE with £4.9 million ($6.4 million) of research and development funding.
NEL’s parent company,TÜV SÜD AG is investing £11.1 million ($14.5 million). The project marks the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business.