By Andrew Hobbs

SCOTTISH pipe care company Ramco will install a semi-automated pipe care unit (PCU 3) at Western Australian transport and logistics provider Centurion’s facility at Gap Ridge, outside Karratha.

Ramco will operate the PCU 3 while Centurion will look after the transport logistics, handling and supply base capability for pipe being cleaned and treated at the facility.

Centurion said the plant was considered to be the only automated plant of its type in Australia leading to improved cleaning, significant efficiencies during processing and costs reductions.

The PCU Type 3 will be operated by Ramco while Centurion will look after transport logistics, handling and supply base capability for the pipe.

Speaking with Oil & Gas Australia, Centurion general manager of business development and strategy Andrew Ford said the facility, which has been operational since early November, would help reduce  maintenance costs for groups in the area as it would be closer to the site of operations.

This is the first move in a partnership which aims to secure a foothold in the tubular management market in Western Australia, Centurion executive general manager Justin Cardaci said.

“This is an exciting venture for Centurion because it allows us to combine our business’ core capabilities with Ramco’s technical expertise to produce what we believe is a safer, low cost, more efficient and higher quality way of processing [oil country tubular goods] pipe,” he said.

Ramco chief executive Derek Smith said the strategic partnership was a perfect platform for Ramco to enter the Australian market.