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Press Releases from SGS Industrial Services (202 total)

New Services by SGS Wind Energy Help Offshore Wind Farm Owners to Enter Internat …

SGS Wind Energy Services has recently added to its portfolio comprehensive occupational Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental auditing services (HSSE), including Legal Mapping and Risk Management Advisory Services for offshore wind farms. New services provided by SGS Wind Energy Services aim to assist project owners and contractors in improving the Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) (link to: management systems and operations of their wind farm projects on international level. Legal

SGS Conducts Technical Due Diligence to Manage Risk

SGS was awarded a contract to carry out Technical Due Diligence for a reputable automotive dealer in the Middle East in order to assess the risk prior to the acquisition of a Malaysian automotive brake pad manufacturing company. A reputable automotive dealer in the Middle East appointed SGS to provide Technical Due Diligence to manage risk prior to the acquisition of the number one Malaysian automotive brake pad manufacturing company and

SGS Certification for Lifting Equipment in Accordance with Latest Canadian Stand …

In 2008, SGS was appointed to evaluate the safety of lifting operations in a major copper foundry in Montreal. SGS performed a thorough inspection of every overhead crane in the foundry and certificated the machinery in accordance with latest Canadian standards. Although overhead cranes and rigging hardware are often regarded as safe to operate, accidents happen. In Quebec, Canada alone, more than 600 lifting operations incidents at industrial and manufacturing facilities

SGS Wind Energy Competence Center Attends World’s Largest Offshore Wind Confer …

SGS Wind Energy Competence Center presented its Wind Energy Services, including offshore wind farm project certification and condition monitoring at the European Offshore Wind 2009 Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm, the world’s largest offshore wind energy event. The European Offshore Wind 2009 Conference and Exhibition is the world’s largest offshore wind energy event. With 4,000 m2 of stand space, over 4,750 participants and 260 exhibitors were present, making EOW 2009 double

SGS Exhibits at the 8th Vietnam Saigon Oil and Gas Expo

The 8th Vietnam Saigon Oil and Gas Expo 2009 will be held in Ho Chi Minh’s new Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) from October 29-31, 2009. SGS will be exhibiting at Stand no. B2-1, Hall A1. The 8th Vietnam Saigon Oil and Gas Expo 2009 is a premier international exhibition endorsed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, which will be held in Ho Chi Minh’s new Saigon

Technical Due Diligence on wind turbines

Sky Power Corp., Canada’s leading independent renewable energy company, awarded SGS Wind Energy Services the contract for Technical Due Diligence on the Fuhrländer 1.5 MW wind turbine technology. As minor failure can cause unacceptable down time and loss, owners, investors and insurance companies look for an independent certification and inspection company in order to protect wind farm project investments and assure the quality of deliveries as well as to verify

SGS performed storage tank inspection at the Cartagena Refinery expansion

The expansion of the Cartagena Refinery to a capacity of 140 thousand barrels day is a strategic project for Colombia. Another aim of the project is to improve the quality of the fuels to meet national and international environmental standards, and to optimize financial and operational indicators. It is estimated that the project will be completed by 2010. SGS Colombia was responsible for the inspection of floating-roof and conical-roof tanks with

ISO 9001:2000 Certification for SGS Nigeria

Globally recognized and respected, ISO ( is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards, with 161 members worldwide. Standards ensure that products and services possess appropriate characteristics, such as quality, environment friendliness, safety, reliability and efficiency. Products and services that meet standards usually are the ones that satisfy the high quality needs in the industry. ISO 9001 is a worldwide established quality framework that sets the standard for

SGS Tests Steel Wire Ropes of the Longest Sea Link Bridge using Magnetic Flux Le …

The Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) ( is the first and longest sea link bridge in India, connecting Bandra and the western suburbs of Mumbai with Worli and central Mumbai. It was opened on June 30, after 10 years of construction time and approximately $400 million in investment costs. The BWSL is an 8-lane cable-stayed bridge, spanning about 600 meters in length and towering to a height of 126 meters, equivalent to

SGS Exhibits at the EOW 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden

Meet SGS at the biggest European Offshore Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). EOW 2009 ( will be held for the third time on September 14-16, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. During this 3-day event SGS will present to the European audience its wind energy services, such as offshore wind farm project certification and condition monitoring. SGS will be exhibiting at Stand no. B0921. Visitors

Tank Inspection by means of Industrial Rope Access

Inspectors working for SGS Industrial Services who are serving the Energy, Oil & Gas or Industrial Manufacturing sectors often work at hard-to-reach locations. During the inspection of storage tanks in Jakarta, the SGS team faced a serious difficulty: the ultrasonic (UT) crawler could not pass through the stringer supports within the tank jeopardizing the next in the line periodic tank inspection. Industrial rope access is the ideal solution in cases like

SGS held Non-Destructive Testing Seminar for Pressure Vessel Manufacturers

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, aims to keep pressure vessel manufacturers updated with the latest Non-Destructive Testing technologies and organized a seminar to introduce two techniques for inspecting pressure vessels. Held in Ulsan, Korea, the course was designed to train the quality and design department personnel of this industry. Norbert Trimborn, NDT expert at the SGS Global NDT – Special Examinations Center in the Netherlands held

Meet SGS at two Upcoming Conferences on Wind Energy in Spain

The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) (, of which SGS is a member, is organizing two upcoming events after the summer. These events will provide SGS experts with the opportunity to demonstrate the company’s capabilities in the wind energy sector. Wind PowerExpo 2009 Wind PowerExpo 2009 will take place on September 22-24, 2009 at the Zaragoza Exhibition Center in Spain. The event will cover the most important topics in the wind power

SGS to inspect Catalan Electric Transmission Lines

The Government of Catalonia arranges independent third-party inspections for a number of power transmission lines to assure that operators are providing appropriate maintenance on a yearly basis. This year, SGS ( was awarded the contract to inspect 550 kilometers of electric power transmission lines through the mountains of Spain. Inspections had to be carried out in accordance with local government regulations which include 29 visual checkpoints. On top of these statutory

Twenty years of Gamma Radiation Control for IBRE

The International Braking and Railway Equipment (IBRE) ( is a disk brake developing and producing company, based in France, serving the rail industry, private networks and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in France and the rest of the world. SGS Industrial Services ( has been in charge of brake disk testing for IBRE since 1988, carrying out Gamma Radiation Control with Cobalt-60 for brake disks in accordance with European technical standards (e.g.

Record Shutdown Time for Refinery in Malaysia with Rope Access

Production facilities, refineries, petrochemical and power plants must be regularly closed down or taken out of service to make way for scheduled maintenance operations. To be able to minimize the duration of the shutdown and allow operations to resume more quickly is a laudable accomplishment. An oil refinery in Malaysia usually schedules eight days of downtime for inspecting their splitter towers, which will be accessed by means of traditional scaffolding. However,

SGS is called to provide technical inspection over the Metro construction in Sha …

Shanghai, is China's largest city in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with over 20 million habitants. The city has an extensive public transport system which includes buses, taxis, and a rapidly growing metro system. Preparing the city for the World Expo 2010, the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group starts the construction of 8 new metro lines. The Metro rapid-transit system of Shanghai has become

SGS Project Finance Services ensured the completion of the Rajiv Gandhi Internat …

Three years ago, the GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. initiated the development of an international airport, addressing the strong economic growth of India’s Hyderabad region. The scope of the project covered the construction of 72m high Air Traffic Control Tower and a 60m wide, 4.2 km long runway. In addition to this, a maze of aprons, taxi ways, approach roads, landscaping, drains and culverts’ UG sumps, a storm water collection pond

SGS Monitored a Highway Reconstruction Project in Azerbaijan

The main development objective of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan was to reconstruct the country’s road infrastructure, i.e. to restore the highway to Category 1 road standards, enabling safe, high-speed traffic that in turn would lead to an increase in the flow of goods. One main project component was the highway from Baku to the Russian Federation border, between kilometres 6 and 191. The USD 177 million necessary

Northern Slovakian Railway Modernization Supervised by SGS

The Slovak Republic Railways (Železnice Slovenskej republiky, ŽSR) contracted SGS to supervise the modernization of the railway track from Piestany to Nove Mesto nad Vahom. The entire value of this project, funded by the European Union (EU) Cohesion Fund and the Slovak Republic, was EUR 180 Million. The project involved the construction and reconstruction of a 19,980 km railway track to increase the track speed limit up to 160 km/h. Bridges,

SGS provided Construction Supervision of an 8-story Office Building in Prague

Linzia Shelf s.r.o. awarded SGS Industrial Services with the Construction Supervision of the new Office Building Linzia “A” ( The building is situated in Prague on Evropska Street, in an attractive location close to a natural preserve called Divoka Sarka, providing a good accessibility to the city center, to the airport or to the highway. The complete construction project included the building itself, the transport connection, the parking area, the connection

SGS Industrial Services exhibits at the OGA 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As the global provider of technical verification, inspection, testing and certification, SGS Industrial Services exhibits at the Asian Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Engineering Exhibition 2009 (OGA 2009) which takes places from 10-12 June 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The services offered by SGS Industrial Services will be on display at Booth Number 1011 in Hall 1 within the exhibition center. The OGA 2009 ( is opening its doors for the 12th

SGS Announces New Head of Wind Energy Department

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company appointed in April 2009 Axel Andreä as the new Head of the SGS Wind Energy Department. Andreä will take over responsibility for the Global Wind Energy Competence Center ( and the German Technical Office for Wind Energy in Hamburg. Axel Andreä is a graduate of the Polytechnical University of Hamburg and his extensive experience in the wind energy business spans nearly

SGS provides Industrial Rope Access Services

Industrial rope access is a form of work positioning developed from techniques used in caving. It solves difficult access problems, without using scaffolding, cradles or mobile elevated work platforms. Compared to conventional accessing methods for inspection and testing, rope access can be completed more quickly thus saving costs by reducing working hours. Additionally, as it minimizes disruption at ground level, it often allows work to continue during inspection. SGS now offers

New SGS Competence Center Wind Energy in Spain

SGS opened a new Satellite Competence Center in Spain under the corporate umbrella of SGS Wind Energy Services. This new competence center is responsible for the development of Wind Energy Services in Spain. The Satellite Competence Center Wind Energy in Spain provides both technical services and related commercial services. This includes support for technical questions, the supply and updating of marketing material for services offered, taking into account the latest technological

SGS Provides Project Management for Extension to D3 Motorway, Czech Republic

The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (ŘSD) awarded PRAGOPROJEKT and SGS the contract to provide independent project management and technical supervision for the construction of the new segment of the Dálnice D3 motorway. ( The 25 km long segment from Tábor to Veselí nad Lužnicí will be completed by 2012. Once built, the D3 motorway will become part of the European transit corridor network, specifically the E55 international

SGS Industrial Services Exhibits at Gastech 2009 in Abu Dhabi

Having participated in Gastech ( for several years, SGS is taking part again in 2009. Gastech is one of the leading conferences and exhibitions in the Natural Gas, LNG and LPG Industries where business leaders from across the gas supply chain gather to discuss the latest trends and developments affecting the commercial and technical gas worlds. Designed to attract the highest echelons of the global gas industry, Gastech provides a platform for

SGS Carries Out Construction Supervision of the Alumar Refinery Expansion

Alumar has been operating since 1984 and is one of the largest and most complex Aluminum and Alumina producers in the world. With an expansion, Alumar aims to increase the production of Alumina at the refinery in São Luiz (Brazil) from 1.5 million tons to 3.5 million tons a year. ( SGS was awarded the contract to carry out Construction Supervision services during the 6 months of construction. SGS will conduct

SGS Sponsors the 2009 Projects & Infrastructure International Conference

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company and is sponsoring the Projects International 2009 conference. ( Projects International 2009 is the main global conference for Project & Infrastructure Finance. This conference is the meeting point for over 100 project finance experts and representatives from the industry. It is the ideal opportunity to make new business contacts, to exchange business cards and to find out about new structures

Project Risk Symposium 2009 takes place in London

SGS the worlds leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company brings together financers, sponsors, industry experts and important stakeholders to discuss about a set of perspectives on the key issues related to project risk management. The Project Risk Symposium 2009 will be held on 17 June 2009 in the heart of the City of London, at the Gibson Hall (13 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3BA, UK). The day will consist of a

SGS Industrial Services – New Global Marketing and Sales Office in Abu Dhabi

In February 2009, SGS Industrial Services expanded its presence with a new office in Mussafah, the industrial area of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is a major hub for the Oil & Gas Industry in the Middle East, and national and international oil companies are concentrating on developing their assets in the region. Such developments, through the need for people, material and utilities have generated an ever-increasing demand, thus triggering additional infrastructure

SGS-CSTC and GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies Unveil Shanghai Application Ce …

GE Sensing and Inspection Technologies and SGS-CSTC have unveiled a joint Non-Destructive-Testing (NDT) Application Center in Shanghai, China. This is said to mark a milestone of the cooperation between the two multi-national companies and a new exchange platform with Chinese industrial customers on advanced NDT technologies and optimal NDT solutions and services. The center is located in the Kongqiao Industrial Zone in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai. It is equipped

Certified Welding Inspectors Training and Examination in Latin America

For 2009, SGS has scheduled nine American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) courses in Latin America, including Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela. As an authorized agent of the AWS since 2005, SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company offers Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) seminars and examinations on behalf of AWS, and trains welding inspectors in five Latin American countries. The training program prepares candidates for the

SGS Project Finance Services provides Free Webinar on Risk Management

Educational web seminars, which take an interactive in-depth look at a variety of issues, are available for attendees sitting in front of their own computer in any part of the world. SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company offers free webinars on various risk management issues. SGS Project Finance Services launches a new series of free webinars for anyone interested in project finance risk management, titled: Are

SGS Asset Integrity Management (AIM) Competence Center experts presented five pa …

The American Petroleum Institute holds its Inspector Summit every two years in Galveston, Texas, USA providing a platform for inspectors to learn about new and existing industry codes and standards, to hear about emerging trends from experts and to discuss new issues. It is also the only networking event for inspectors in the industry. SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, was pleased to take an active

Regasification plant in Canada still on schedule

Canaport LNG in Saint John, is a consortium between Irwing Oil, New Brunswick and Repsol, Spain, constructing the first LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Canada. After four years under construction, the Canaport LNG terminal should begin operations in the second quarter of 2009 and supply natural gas to the Canadian and American markets. SGS Canada was awarded the contract to review the design of the terminal’s three large LNG cryogenic

SGS Industrial Services exhibits at the Nigeria Oil & Gas 2009 Exhibition (NOG9)

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the sponsors of Nigeria Oil & Gas 2009 (NOG9) and will exhibit its services at this event at Stand No. B25. Under the patronage of the main Nigerian policy makers, Nigeria Oil & Gas has become the best and most prestigious oil and gas event for Nigerian and international companies and investors alike. NOG9 is a chance to

German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency calls SGS to its Expert Group on …

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH, or Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie), is the agency which decides on the approval of offshore wind farm development projects in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. It carries out the application procedure for wind farms in the German Exclusive Economic Zone where it’s planned that most of the German offshore wind farms will be installed. Part of this approval procedure is to

SGS announces new global Wind Project Manager

Ullrich Knopf, as a global Wind Project Manager at SGS will focus on SGS Rotor Blade Development Activities. Furthermore, with his technical expertise, he will also support global wind projects. Knopf first became involved in wind energy during his studies in mechanical engineering in Berlin, where he wrote his diploma thesis in 1986 on a wind turbine that was considered at that time to have tremendous 15 kW rated power. With a

SGS Germany appoints Offshore Wind Energy Manager

SGS Germany employs Malte Lossin from January 2009 as an Offshore Wind Energy Manager to take over the responsibility for Project Management of Offshore Wind Farm Certification for European projects, focusing on Germany. Malte Lossin is a graduate of the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. Before joining SGS, he worked for Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services Competence Centre Wind Energy (GL Wind) from January 2002 to December 2008. He was responsible for

Seminar on Guided Wave Inspection in Malaysia by SGS

What kind of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technology is Guided Wave? When can it be applied and when can’t it? What does it look like and how much piping can be inspected per day? Technology experts answer your questions in a one day seminar in Malaysia. SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company organises a seminar about the NDT method called Guided Wave on 16 February 2009 at

LNG carrier leak test completed outside Korea

Based on the reputation that SGS gained in the Korean Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business by working for major shipyards like Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries, SGS won an international order from Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. LNG is transported in specially designed ships with double hulls protecting the cargo systems from damage or leaks. There are several special leak test methods available to test the integrity of an

Strong interest in SGS Wind Energy and Project Finance Services in Turkey

Speakers from SGS Turkey, Switzerland, the UK, Germany and India presented and discussed topics such as Risk Management of Wind Farms and the Licensing Process of Wind Energy Projects in Istanbul, Turkey. 130 participants from different parties in the energy sector, such as manufacturers, operators/contractors, consultants, banks, utility companies and the government attended the Renewable Energy Seminar. Participants were provided with information about new developments, advances in technology, management issues and environmental

Arya-SGS secures Third Party Inspection Services contract for new Gas Refinery i …

Arya-SGS has been appointed to carry out Third Party Inspection Services for onshore and offshore activities on the “Bidboland 2”, the new gas refinery owned by the National Iranian Gas Company. With 16% of the world’s reserves, Iran has the second largest natural gas supply in the world, surpassed only by Russia. Furthermore, with the production of 115 billion m3 gas per year, Iran is the fourth largest natural gas producer

SGS appoints new Global Wind Energy Expert

SGS has appointed Alexander Heitmann as Global Wind Energy Expert to take over responsibility for project management of offshore wind farm certification projects, as well as other wind energy projects for SGS’s international clients. Alexander Heitmann is a graduate of the University of Energy Technologies in Zittau, Germany. Before joining SGS he worked for TÜV NORD in the certification body for wind turbines from 2005 to 2008. He was responsible for

Construction supervision of the first “Hello Hotels” in Romania

“Hello Hotels” in Bucharest, which was opened this autumn with 150 rooms targeting business travelers, represents the pilot project of a new two-star chain of Continental Hotels. Continental plans to open several hotels in Romania by 2011 under the two-star Hello Hotels brand, beside the three-star Ibis and four-star Continental Forum chains. Construction Supervision by SGS Construction Supervision is necessary to ensure that the work undertaken by many parties are carried out

SGS Renewable Energy holds Wind Energy seminar in London

SGS held a successful wind energy seminar in London on 20th October 2008. The seminar was oriented to the needs of the project owners, financiers, and underwriters by covering the topic of risk management of the wind farm projects. The presentations focused on the financial aspects of the wind farm projects covering both technical and other potential risks, and risk mitigation practices in order to explain the potential risks involved

SGS & RSA – Leaders in their field of expertise are working together in the wi …

Wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm owners and utility companies often face risks in wind farm projects such as material damage, and lack of availability, which lead to financial losses. As a result of their partnership, RSA and SGS are able to improve owners’ internal rate of return on investment via risk minisation, and adequate insurance cover with fair premiums for all wind farm projects, from the project planning stage through to

SGS has been assigned for the project certification of several new offshore wind …

Certification of onshore and offshore wind farms, and wind turbine projects in general, continues to grow as a Global Service Line for SGS. Consequently, the SGS Wind Energy Centre of Excellence located in Hamburg, Germany and the SGS Global Wind Energy Network are currently significantly expanding their staff with new technical wind energy experts and inspectors. The contracts now signed cover Project Certification for the following Offshore Wind Farm Projects: • Borkum

Saudi Aramco awards SGS for its quality assurance and training services

ARAMCO Overseas Company B.V. awarded SGS United Kingdom a ”Certificate of Appreciation for qualifiing the highest number of inspectors among other inspection agencies in 2007” at the Annual Inspection Agency meeting in Italy. After awarding Prakash Mane (SGS Industrial Services India) as ”Best Inspector of the year 2007” at the Asia Pacific Annual Inspection Agencies meeting in March this year, further awards have been granted to SGS inspectors

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