BRITAIN-based Glacier Energy Services will team with Australia’s Scope Engineering as it merges its pipeline machining and onsite service businesses into a new division.

Roberts Machining Solutions has been formed to consolidate Roberts Pipeline Machining, a precision portable machining, flange facing and pipe-coating removal equipment manufacturer and supplier and Site Machining Services, an on-site engineering service provider.

Scope, based in Perth, will provide onsite services and offer training on behalf of Roberts Machining Solutions, including training for clients’ technicians, working closely with Glacier’s South East Asia base in Singapore.

Glacier chairman Scott Martin said working with the company would prove an asset to the group’s targeted expansion into the Asia Pacific region.

“Scope Engineering provide an excellent strategic link, augmenting the onsite machining division as its specialist team delivers expertise across the region and its resource base is a significant addition to our network as we secure new contracts through Roberts Machining Solutions,” he said.

The new director of Roberts, Martin Derry, had previously led Glacier’s offshore division. He said there was “massive potential” for the group across the region.

“We recently secured a significant contract to provide Roberts machines to two closely-linked projects in the region – the construction of the Dampier to Banbury gas pipeline and the major Wheatstone subsea project which feeds into the pipeline from the Carnarvon basin.”

“Across all of our activities our focus is on delivering related, complementary services under one roof, providing added value to operators and other service company clients by mobilising, often at very short notice, bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions which minimise non-productive time on key assets in exploration and production operations.”