Growing Scottish gases companies RITCHIE and Dominion Gas have strengthened their international capabilities with the signing of a major contract which will see worldwide collaboration.

Under the terms of the new contract, RITCHIE will manufacture cylinder diving gas frames, for use on Dominion Gas contracts across the globe.

The frames will hold 48 or 64, 50 litre capacity, three hundred bar cylinders. Each frame has a dedicated serial number so that it can be tracked, providing material traceability and integrating with Dominion Gas’ asset management software (CATS).

It makes solid financial sense to use larger structures, allowing the company reduce the number of offshore lifts by up to a factor of four. Furthermore, having a combination of different sizes available allows Dominion Gas to fit the frames into the available boat space in the most efficient manner.

“It’s my belief there are only a handful of companies that could deliver this project within the required timescale,” explained Scott Downie, the RITCHIE Industrial Sales Executive involved.

John MacAskill, Sales Director of RITCHIE, was equally optimistic as he said, “RITCHIE and Dominion Gas now have a long standing relationship that stretches over almost two decades. Dominion Gas has grown significantly in recent years, opening new gas plants in Norway, Baku, West Africa and Aberdeen. I think there is enormous potential for the company, and particularly its diving gas products, globally.”

Speaking of the significance of the agreement and a growing relationship between the two Scottish enterprises, Dominion Gas Chief Executive George Yule commented, “Dominion Gas views international supply and expansion as a key element of its growth ambitions and we believe that this contract with RITCHIE both reinforces that message and reflects a solid trading relationship between the two organizations.”

“As a preferred supplier to our business, RITCHIE has proven its ability to match our own, very high standards, and to mirror our ambitions,” he added.

Dominion Gas provides the full range of diving, welding, industrial, laboratory, test and calibration gases. In order to manufacture the frames to a size that would meet the company’s transport requirements, RITCHIE purposely designed a new top section to reduce the height of the entire assembly.

Following this, the structure then had to be re-submitted for DNV 2.7-1:2006, the Det Norske Veritas Standard for Certification of Offshore Units, while it is also fully compliant with BS EN 12079, the British Standard for the design, construction and testing of offshore containers.

Previously, Dominion Gas has used smaller, 16 cylinder frames in similar projects.