DNV GL informst it has reorganized its research and testing capability in the U.K., adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, U.K., to the portfolio.
The site, formerly known as the Flow Center, has been positioned to complement and enhance the research and testing capability at Spadeadam in Cumbria, increasing the scope across the two centers.
The Bishop Auckland test facility boasts one of the largest high-pressure natural gas test facilities in the world. It is connected to the U.K. national gas transmission system and uses dry natural gas at pressures from approximately 38 to 55 bar and flow rates from 20 to 19,500 actual m3/hr with nominal gas temperature of 5 to 10°C. A wide range of components from 1” to 48” diameter can be gas flow tested
. Calibration of pressure and temperature equipment is also performed along with dimensional calibration of orifice plates in laboratories on site. In Cumbria, the Spadeadam Testing and Research Center is one of the world's most advanced locations for full-scale destructive- and non-destructive testing for the oil and gas
, chemical, utilities and security industries. It is the largest facility of its kind in the U.K., covering more than 50 hectares within Ministry of Defense land. It gives companies a rare opportunity to conduct ’real-life’ research in a controlled, confidential and secure environment.