Wood group opens new turbine test facility

21 June 2002 – Aberdeen-based Wood Group Light Industrial Turbines (WGLIT) launched their new à‚£6m, 4-berth test facility earlier this month to provide full load performance testing for TB, Tornado and Typhoon gas turbines.

Robert Thorburn, managing director WGLIT Global Operations said, “The launch of the test facility at our Dyce headquarters, makes it an exciting time for us and our clients. Our major facilities are in the UK, Dubai, US and Venezuela, we now offer an even broader range of gas turbine maintenance services for Alstom, Solar, General Electric and Dresser-Rand clients in the global oil and gas, and power generation markets.”

The opening of the new expanded test facility makes WGLIT the first company in Scotland, independent of the original equipment manufacturer, to offer full comprehensive testing using both gas and liquid fuel input. It will also be the only independent company, based in Scotland, to provide these cutting-edge capabilities for North Sea gas turbine operators on this range of gas turbines.

The move to expand capabilities at WGLIT’s worldwide test capabilities has been driven by the increasing customer demand. As part of it’s investment WGLIT has acquired Tornado and Typhoon core engines at a cost of à‚£3m to provide clients with the option of engine change-outs and minimise down-time.

“This high-integrity testing environment is an advanced quality assurance tool that enables us to give our clients the highest levels of confidence in the work delivered by our ISO9002 certified overhaul workshop,” explained Steve Scott, test facility manager.

Globally WGLIT has a highly skilled workforce of 250 including 60 field engineers. WGLIT aims to grow 50 per cent over the next two years by building on the strength of the management team, expanding the existing workforce and capitalising on the widened product offering they now supply to a broader range of clients.

Mr Thorburn adds, “Our world-class facility in Aberdeen is also good news for the SME’s which we work with locally and our sister companies in Wood Group, particularly Wood Group Heavy Industrial Turbines component repair division in Dundee.”

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