The Ellon facility, located 15 miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland, has been operational since the early 1980’s and is one of the two permanent field joint and custom coating facilities of Shawcor. Ellon is strategically located near the oil and gas fields in the North Sea region and has excellent logistical connections to the European fabrication companies.
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR FACTORY CUSTOM COATINGS
The Ellon facility has more than 22,000 m2 and is our centre of excellence for factory custom coatings. A wide range of anti-corrosion and flow assurance coating systems are applied here on straight pipe sections or various custom fabricated parts to be used in subsea oil and gas production structures. A series of different application processes can be used, including semi-automatic and manual applications. The specialised coating equipment available in Ellon includes:
- Hand blast facility for external blast
- Gas fired oven with capacity for pre-fabricated steel work
- Powder spray booth with extraction system and water bath
- Rubber extrusion and hand-build equipment
- Steam autoclaves
- Semi-automatic, single pass, heat and coat system for the application of FBE
- Polyurethane pumps and equipment suitable for factory and field work
MOBILISATION AND ENGINEERING HUB
As most of the field joint and custom coating projects have specific requirements, often the specialised coating equipment for these projects has to be designed and tested in Ellon by our engineers.
Moreover, Shawcor can mobilise its coating equipment and teams to virtually any location required by the customer. Our experienced site teams have successfully completed hundreds of field joint and custom coating projects for our customers both onshore, on spoolbases (for subsequent reellay installation) or other logistic bases, and offshore on pipe laying vessels (in S-Lay and J-Lay configurations) and offshore installations worldwide.
The field service specialised equipment that can be mobilised from Ellon includes: compressors and blasting equipment; generators and induction coils; spray equipment for Fusion Bonded Epoxy (FBE) and adhesive application; chamfer heating equipment; polypropylene and polyurethane injection moulding equipment.