The UK-based pipeline technology specialist company STATS Group has strengthened its presence in Oman with the opening of a new workshop, storage and testing facility in Muscat.
The expansion comes after the Aberdeenshire-based group secured a two-year extension to a master services agreement with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to provide pipeline isolation and hydrostatic testing services.
Also in the Middle East, STATS have trebled the size of their operations in Abu Dhabi in a move to a larger workshop and office facility in the Mussafah district.
STATS Group is a market leader in the supply of pressurised pipeline isolation, hot tapping and plugging services to the global oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
In a statement posted on the company’s website, STATS Group Middle East director, Angus Bowie, said, “The PDO master service agreement is an important contract and we are delighted it has been extended further. The new facility in Oman will help support this contract and having a local presence gives us a platform to extend our footprint in the sultanate and wider Middle East region.”
He said, “With our commitment in Oman and further investment in larger facilities in Abu Dhabi, it should open up new opportunities and underlines how much we value our existing clients in the region.”
Last year STATS signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Safari Oil & Gas, one of the kingdom’s top 50 listed companies, and longer term plans to open a permanent base in Saudi Arabia.