Neptune (ASX: NMS) is pleased to announce that it has been contracted by BHP Billiton Iron Ore to carry out a program of inspection and maintenance at the Finucane Island port facility in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
Initially valued at approximately $9 million, the scope of work comprises the non destructive testing (NDT) inspection and, if required, execution of maintenance of the facility’s Berths C and D. Work is expected to commence in January 2011.
Neptune’s Acting CEO, Robin King, said the contract award recognised the company’s unique skill set that was required to complete the work.
“Collectively, the contract requires a program of NDT, maintenance and the ability to carry out these tasks over open water. The capabilities of our accredited, multi disciplined rope access technicians are perfectly suited to meet these requirements,” he suggested.
Neptune is the only company in Australia to be operating under combined accreditation from NATA for compliance with ISO17025 (NDT), IRATA for Rope Access and DNV for ISO9001.
In addition, Neptune has championed the application, in Australia, of the Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) technique of non destructive testing that will be used in combination with the more commonly used Ultrasonic Testing (UT) and Magnetic Particle Testing (MPI) techniques.
ACFM is an electromagnetic technique used for detecting and sizing surface breaking defects in metals. It is particularly suited to the inspection of welded structures that have been painted, whereby defects can be located and profiled through several millimetres of coating, thus negating the need for, and costs associated with, removing and reapplying protective coatings. ACFM can be applied to a range of materials, metals, hot surfaces and underwater.
Mr King said the project with BHP Billiton Iron Ore further emphasised Neptune’s inspection, repair and maintenance capabilities, both on and offshore.