QA Weld tech Ltd, is celebrating £5 million of new orders and expanding both premises and staff numbers to deliver them. The new orders are for BP’s redevelopment of the Scheihallion field West of Shetland, the huge Ichthys LNG Project off the Westcoast of Australia, as well as in Brazil’s offshore pre-salt areas. These orders follow on from previous projects in the South China Sea, the Nile Delta and off the West coast of Africa. The increased workload has meant 12 new positions have been created in Production Management, Estimating,Welding Engineering and Quality Management and required the recruitment of additional welders, and CNC machinists.
Discussing the expansion, Managing Director, Charles Tighe said: “Three years ago we took on additional fabrication space and built a new two-story office block that, at the time, seemed almost too big for our needs. We’ve now filled that with new employees and have taken on further facilities to house shot-blasting equipment and fabrication bays for our Brazilian projects. The opportunities in Brazil are huge and that country is the focus of our first overseas expansion of the business with the development of QA Weld Tech Brazil. We also have plans to increase our machine shop capabilities, add further weld cladding equipment, and redevelop our pressure testing bays.”