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IRM announces new office

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IRM Systems (IRMS), the independent authority in emergency pipeline repairs, announced that it has opened its first office in Aberdeen. The new office is home to ‘IRMS UKWA’, a new division dedicated to serving clients in the UK and West Africa.

“Our clients in the UK and West Africa now have a much more effective frontline interaction with IRM Systems,” said David Obatolu, General Manager of IRMS UKWA. “With personnel based in the UK and West Africa who are familiar with the specific regulations, processes and policies in these regions, we are in a much better position to provide clients with the same – or higher – quality of service that they’re used to.”

In addition to the UK, the company is focusing on Ghana, Nigeria and Angola, where projects will kick off this year. All basic services, including pipeline inspection, repair, maintenance and risk management are available. Plans are in place to introduce specialist services to clients in West Africa, which will provide them with a break-through solution to critical integrity and maintenance issues that are particularly serious in the region. This will be announced in 2Q16.

Key managers appointed

To support clients in the region, IRMS appointed three new key management positions. David Obatolu, General Manager of IRMS UKWA, has managed many pipeline projects for a number of major operators in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer with more than eight years of experience. He has special expertise in defect investigation, repair and inline inspection, particularly difficult-to-pig pipelines. Obatolu holds a BEng (Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering from City University, London.

With 19 years in the pipeline industry, Lee Dudbridge is the Engineering Manager. He has experience in pipeline pre-commissioning, decommissioning, deep water pigging and flooding, and project management. Dudbridge specialises in pipeline assurance, technical evaluation, inline inspection (ILI) vendor selection, pipeline risk management, and failure investigation.

Ismail Lawal is a Senior Pipeline Engineer with 12 years of experience in subsea and onshore pipelines, risers, subsea manifolds and umbilicals. His areas of expertise include pipeline design, design verification, certification, third party design review, pipeline consultancy services, pipeline integrity and Fitness for Service (FFS) assessment. A Chartered Engineer, Lawal holds a Master’s Degree in Pipeline Engineering from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Global expansion plans proceeding on schedule

The opening of the office in Aberdeen marks an important milestone in the company’s plans to further expand globally. In 2015, IRM Systems opened a base in Houston to complement its corporate headquarters in Delft, the Netherlands.

Located in Riverside House overlooking the River Dee, the new office in central Aberdeen is easy to access.

Edited from source by Stephanie Roker

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