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TWI TWI is one of Europe's largest independent research and technology organisations. Based at Abington near Cambridge since 1946, TWI provides those in industry with technical support in welding, NDT and associated material joining technologies. TWI has a total staff of over 550 with over 430 being technically qualified and skilled staff. TWI has an annual sales turnover of 57 million. TWI has two main NDT Research Centres based at Abington, Cambridge and Port Talbot, South Wales. These centres cover the broad spectrum of NDT development for single client contracts, joint industry sponsored projects, UK DTI projects and EC funded projects.

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Plant Integrity

Plant Integrity Plant Integrity (Pi) are a specialist SME service provider of advanced NDT technology and particularly Long Range Ultrasonic Testing (LRUT) where they have been at the forefront of the technology since its initial development in the 1980's and its industrial take up in the early 1990's. Pi's Teletest LRUT technology is one of only two in the global market place, and they provide systems, sensors and on-site services to a range of clients in the petrochemical, power generation and process plant industries. The client list includes major oil companies such as BP (Prudoe Bay - Alaska), Phillips (Alaskan Pipeline), PDVSA (Venezuela State Oil Company), Hydro Agri (France) and UK power generators that include the nuclear power station operator, British Energy at their Hartlepool and Heysham AGR sites.

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Shell (UK)

Shell UK is involved in a wide range of major energy projects, often in partnership with other national oil companies. Shell operations engage over 245,000 employees, joint venture staff and contractors in over 37 countries. In response to rising long-term demand for energy, Shell is discovering, processing, storing and utilising new hydrocarbon resources that can be produced economically, efficiently and safely. Shell's strategy is towards more upstream, profitable downstream and focusing on the increasing production and expanding resources. In 2008, Shell's daily oil and gas production, including from oil sands, was 3.2 million barrels of oil equivalent.

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Vopak is the largest and global market leader of independent bulk liquid storage terminals. Currently Vopak operates in 32 countries with 80 terminal operations. Vopak UK is part of the Chemicals Europe and Middle East & Africa division. The four UK terminals are located at Ipswich, London, Teesside and Windmill and are strategically placed in prime locations in major UK ports which allows for a fast and efficient service. The strength of the company is based upon a combination of experience, well trained and knowledgeable people adhering to the highest safety and quality standards. With its links to the global Vopak network, the UK business provides access to a range of added value services and expertise.

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NuStar Terminals Ltd

NuStar Terminals Ltd, part of NuStar Energy LP, provides third party bulk storage and road and sea distribution of hazardous liquids and chemicals from its terminal at Grangemouth and seven other sites across the UK, Northern Ireland and Holland. In 2005 a decision was made to review, update and standardise Health and Safety practices across the company. Until then, each of the sites had their own paper based system for managing site access and work permits, some of which were developed several years earlier. The NuStar Terminals' management team wanted to ensure that industry best practices were used consistently at each terminal. The Tank Storage industry is always closely monitored by the Health and Safety Executive and even more so since the Buncefield Oil Depot explosions in 2005. NuStar Terminals, like all tank storage organisations, has to demonstrate safe operational working practices and also needs to be able to prove that these are rigorously and continuously enforced. NuStar Terminals wanted to introduce software that would enforce compliance with current HSE guidelines regarding work permits, contractors and access control, but that would also be flexible enough to incorporate any future safety recommendations or legislation.

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