CALGARY, CANADA - May 20, 2010 - PII Pipeline Solutions, a GE Oil & Gas and Al Shaheen joint venture, today marked the official opening of a new state-of-the-art services facility in Calgary. The facility will support North America's oil and gas infrastructure with advanced pipeline inspection technology and services, and will become a global centre of excellence for pipeline crack analysis, serving Canadian, U.S. and European pipeline operators.
Attending the official ribbon-cutting, Art Meyer, Past Chair of global industry association, Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) and a Senior Vice President with Enbridge said: "The expansion of our pipeline networks across North America drives the need for efficient advanced technologies and services to support the safe operation of vital energy infrastructure. PII Pipeline Solutions' new facility reflects GE's commitment to Canada and to continued reliable innovation in the pipeline industry."
Welcoming customers and VIPs from across Canada to the opening event, Michael Bellamy, General Manager, PII Pipeline Solutions said: "The Canadian pipeline industry is critical to the reliable supply of oil and gas to all of North America. Our investment in a state-of-the-art services facility will help our expanding Canadian customer base enhance the safety and security of their pipeline infrastructure systems. This new facility will become our global centre for pipeline crack analysis, serving not only our Canadian clients, but also U.S. and European pipeline operators.''
The new facility consolidates several existing PII Pipeline Solutions operations in Calgary into one center of excellence and will host part of GE's fleet of advanced magnetic, geometry and ultrasonic pipeline inspection tools for deployment throughout Canada to help operators monitor the condition of their oil and gas gathering and transmission systems.
The 50,000 sq.ft services facility will house 100 employees and is certified to ISO9001: 2008 and EN13908 (ATEX) requirements.
Recent PII Pipeline Solutions projects in Canada include inspecting a key segment of TransCanada's planned Keystone pipeline project. Illustrating the Canadian industry's strong support for advanced inspection technology, on the Keystone inspection job GE deployed its advanced, UltraScanÔ Duo 'phased array' inspection tool.
About PII Pipeline Solutions
PII Pipeline Solutions (www.geoilandgas.com/pii) is an industry leader in inspection and integrity services for all gas and liquid pipelines in every known environment and operating condition. From tried and true in-line inspection and integrity engineering, to revolutionary new services such as UltraScan™ Duo for crack assessment and SmartScan™ for unpiggable pipelines, as well as powerful data management tools, we provide the comprehensive technologies, skills and field experience needed to confidently determine the present and future condition of a pipeline. Our solutions go far beyond mere defect detection to proactive risk assessment and threat management to maintain a long-term balance of safety and productivity while helping pipeline operators meet stringent regulations. PII Pipeline Solutions operates around the world as a 50:50 joint venture between GE Oil & Gas and Al Shaheen Energy Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum.
About GE Oil & Gas
GE Oil & Gas (www.ge.com/oilandgas) is a world leader in advanced technology equipment and services for all segments of the oil and gas industry, from drilling and production, LNG, pipelines and storage to industrial power generation, refining and petrochemicals. We also provide pipeline integrity solutions, including inspection and data management. As part of our 'Innovation Now' customer focus and commitment, GE Oil & Gas leverages technological innovation from other GE businesses, such as aviation and healthcare, to continuously improve oil and gas industry performance and productivity. GE Oil & Gas employs more than 12,000 people worldwide and operates in over 100 countries.
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, health care solutions and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.