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CRC Evans leads in hydrogen pipeline delivery

February 22nd, 2024 by

CRC Evans has successfully completed work on a hydrogen pipeline in Europe, further enhancing the Group’s expertise in this new area of pipeline welding.

Located in Romania’s Black Sea Podisor region, the pipeline spans over 50km and includes both 40-inch and 48-inch pipeline diameters. At 12.5mm wall thickness, the 40-inch diameter section required 2,800 mainline welds, and at 14.2mm wall thickness, the 48-inch diameter section required 2,300 mainline welds. The pipeline, which was initially intended to transport natural gas, was redesigned to be constructed as ‘hydrogen ready’ in a move to support lifetime extension and future use.

One of the key challenges with hydrogen pipeline welding is weld procedure qualification, an operation carried out to test the proposed parameters to ensure the integrity of a weld. Pipeline welding involves multiple variables, such as current, voltage, travel speed, pipe thickness, weld position and temperature, where each variable is an influencing factor. Delivering the ideal values for these variables is necessary to ensure optimum weld quality and that the weld can meet the intended application.

To meet hardness and quality requirements CRC Evans’ welding and metallurgy experts conduct a combination of different welding processes using the same welding system, to support the development of a procedure that is applicable to all environments. An additional challenge when dealing with hydrogen is that it has very small atoms that can permeate the steel microstructure and increase the risk of stress corrosion. Ensuring low steel hardness can improve operational outcomes by combatting embrittlement and the enhanced risk of pipeline steel cracking. This requires experienced technicians with a deep understanding of materials.

On this project in Romania, CRC Evans worked closely with our customer to understand the requirements of the infrastructure and provided an innovative solution based on the modification of an established approach. This allowed the company to deliver a reliable welding procedure utilising its mechanised P625 dual torch welding system, where the resultant qualified parameters were able to meet the specific project requirements. The speed and effectiveness of this solution can be directly attributed to the company’s broad expertise spanning 90-years of pipeline delivery for its energy and wider infrastructures customers.

CRC Evans Strategic Growth Director, Leon Dashwood said “Governments around the world are setting out hydrogen strategies to support decarbonisation goals and plans for targeted investment across industrial, transportation and energy sectors. Hydrogen is becoming increasingly important in the drive to reduce global emissions.

“Part of this transition will be the delivery of vital new infrastructure to support the manufacture, storage, and transportation of hydrogen, ensuring its safe and reliable delivery. As trusted infrastructure specialists, CRC Evans has the experience and capability to become a key partner in the hydrogen market.”

Key appointment bolsters CRC Evans Americas Onshore coating division

January 23rd, 2024 by

CRC Evans has appointed Brett Planzer as the new Head of Field Joint Coating Projects and Services, for its Americas Onshore business.

Brett, whose expertise in coating technical service and supply has been previously utilised by the CRC Evans Americas Onshore team, will provide much needed leadership in a key growth area of our business. With an extensive knowledge of our equipment and epoxies and thorough understanding of current industry practices, as well as a strong background in driving quality assurance initiatives and improvements that benefit overall project performance, Brett’s wealth of experience will help to ensure that our customers have access to best-in-class advice and service capability.

Roger Spee, President of CRC Evans’ Americas Onshore business said: “Brett’s appointment brings an enormous advantage to our business. With his deep understanding of the field joint coating market Brett can support CRC Evans Americas Onshore to enhance our pipelines offering, working with existing customers while actively pursuing opportunities in markets that are outside of our current scope.

“I am delighted to welcome Brett to the team and look forward to working closely with him over the coming year. His industry knowledge and experience will be vital to our near and long-term business objectives.”

Commenting on his role, Brett said “I am excited to be taking on this role at CRC Evans at such an important time for the business. CRC Evans is a company with exceptional in-house capabilities, and a reputation for delivering safe and effective solutions for its customers.”

“I look forward to working closely with Roger and the team to extend CRC Evans already impressive service offering and delivering a truly integrated solutions package for customers in the region.”

CRC Evans is a market leader in the provision of welding and coating services, technologies and high-performance equipment for the global energy and wider infrastructure sectors.

CRC Evans positions for growth with key Americas appointment

January 15th, 2024 by

CRC Evans, a leader in the provision of welding and coating services, technologies and high-performance solutions, has appointed Robbert Reddering as Sales Manager for our Americas Offshore business.

Robbert’s appointment supports a move to strengthen the company’s position in the Americas energy and wider infrastructure markets, renewing focus on CRC Evans’ welding fabrication and custom coating capability and actively pursuing opportunities outside of the company’ core market to drive growth. Robbert’s wealth of knowledge and experience, and successful track record from over 15-years in various operational and business development roles, will help to broaden CRC Evans’ customer base across the region.

Tony Pontefract, President for Americas Offshore, said: “CRC Evans is a market leader in the Americas region, and our team in Katy is delighted to welcome Robbert onboard to support our core pipelines welding and coating business as well as the growth of our integrated fabrication and custom coating service, which offers significant growth opportunities for our business.

“He will also be key to our diversification efforts, helping to grow our presence in offshore wind, LNG, hydrogen and carbon capture. CRC Evans’ pioneering solutions can be adapted to meet the needs of customers across the renewables and infrastructure sectors, to help solve industry challenges.”

Commenting on his appointment, Robbert, said: “This is an exciting time to join the CRC Evans business. There is significant potential in wider energy and infrastructure markets, where focus on our strong heritage, and welding and coating expertise, can steer the business towards new growth opportunities.

“I look forward to sharing CRC Evans’ solid reputation and track record with new customers in the company’s target markets.”

CRC Evans inspection business sold to strategic buyer

January 11th, 2024 by

CRC Evans is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement for the Sale of its Quantive Group inspection business, for an undisclosed sum, with completion expected to formally take place in January.

Proceeds from the divestment significantly enhance CRC Evans’ capital position, which will support the company’s growth and strengthen focus on its core welding and coating service delivery. The move is aligned with the Group’s overall strategy and reinforces CRC Evans’ commitment to becoming the preferred partner for the evolving global energy and wider infrastructure sectors.

For the buyer, the acquisition of Quantive Group helps to consolidate its standing in the inspection market. Both companies are market leaders with complementary core competencies and customer-centric approach with a strong foundation in operational excellence and safety, which will help to ensure a seamless transition and uninterrupted service and support for clients.

The Transaction comprises the Sale by CRC Evans of its shareholdings in the Quantive Group LLC, together with associated subsidiaries.

CRC Evans appoints Leon Dashwood as Strategic Growth Director

November 16th, 2023 by

CRC Evans is pleased to announce the appointment of Leon Dashwood as Strategic Growth Director, further strengthening the company’s senior leadership team.

Reporting to CEO, Frederic Castrec, and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee, Mr. Dashwood will play a key role in delivering CRC Evans’ growth strategy. He will work closely with senior leaders to drive business development activities related to new opportunities and markets, accelerating the company’s growth and diversification plans and positioning CRC Evans as a market leader across the global energy and wider infrastructure sectors.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Dashwood said “It is a very exciting time to join the CRC Evans business, when there is tremendous scope to expand our offering. There is a growing demand for clean energy solutions and CRC Evans has teams in strategic locations, fully operational and ready to support our customers on a truly global scale.

“I look forward to working with Frederic to capitalise on the company’s proven track record and strengthen our foothold in the evolving energy markets.”

Frederic Castrec, CRC Evans CEO, said: “Leon is a strong addition to the CRC Evans leadership team. His input and experience will help to grow our global market position and extend our specialist welding and coating services, technologies, and high-performance equipment across new sectors in the growing energy and infrastructure markets.

“I look forward to working with Leon as we implement effective strategies to ensure that we can meet our ambitious growth plans.”

Mr Dashwood brings a wealth of experience and expertise from 17 years in the global energy sector. He previously held the position of Regional Managing Director for Enerpac Tool Group (NYSE – EPAC), a leading industrial tools and service business based in Dubai, overseeing sales and operations across the Middle East, North Africa and Caspian regions.

CRC Evans strengthens commitment to Americas with key appointment

September 19th, 2023 by

CRC Evans has strengthened its commitment to the Americas region with the appointment of Kyle Barnard as Commercial Development Manager, based in our Houston office. Kyle joins CRC Evans at a pivotal time, as the company, as it expands the delivery of its market-leading welding and coating solutions across four key sectors: oil and gas; renewables; nuclear and infrastructure.

Kyle’s appointment supports CRC Evans’ drive to strengthen its market position in North and South America, whilst continuing to support the global delivery of vital energy infrastructure. Kyle has been instrumental to the successful execution of various major pipeline and renewable energy projects across North America, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from more than 11 years in the energy industry,

Roger Spee, President for CRC Evans’ Americas Onshore business said: “CRC Evans is recognised as a market leader in the delivery of onshore pipelines across North and South America and has the experience and knowledge to support new markets such as renewables, where there are significant growth opportunities for our business.

“Kyle will work alongside a passionate and highly skilled team where he will play a key role in growing our presence in our core markets, whilst leveraging our strengths and capabilities across these new sectors. I look forward to working with Kyle as we enhance our delivery for customers in the region.”

Commenting on his appointment, Kyle, said: “This is a very exciting time to join the CRC Evans business. Renowned as a pioneer in the onshore pipelines industry, CRC Evans has the capability to offer innovative solutions within the emerging new energy sector.

“I’m delighted to be part of the company’s growth journey and look forward to building on CRC Evans’ strong reputation and track record by continuing to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.”

CRC Evans targets growth in Brazil with strategic appointment

September 7th, 2023 by

CRC Evans, a leading global welding and coating services provider, is pleased to announce that Ole Thomas Ustad has joined our team in Brazil as Vice President, Projects for our offshore Latin America business. Ole joins at a pivotal moment for the company, as it continues a period of accelerated growth and development across four key sectors: oil and gas; renewables; nuclear and infrastructure.

In his new role, Ole will lead the execution of projects, working closely with senior and regional management teams to ensure that the expected standards of excellence are met and exceeded. With a wealth of international industry experience, including more than twenty years’ direct experience in the coating sector, Ole’s leadership will to leverage CRC Evans existing position as a leading provider of coating solutions in the region, and expand delivery to include new custom coating and welding services opportunities.

Frank Grillo, Region Director in Brazil, said: “We are delighted that Ole is joining as our new Vice President for Projects. Ole will not only support the rapid growth of our business as we bring new products and services to the region, but his broad industry knowledge will help to drive innovative solutions that can meet the needs of our customers.

“I look forward to working closely with Ole to bring CRC Evans’ full suite of welding and coating services, technologies and integrated solutions to the Brazil market.”

Commenting on his appointment Ole said: “I am excited join the team during this dynamic phase for CRC Evans. The current business landscape offers clear opportunity for expansion, and a growing culture of excellence within the organisation will serve as a potent driving force to help the company realise its ambitious expansion goals.

“I look forward to working with Frank and the team to deliver on CRC Evans’ strategy for the region, ensuring that safety, quality and environmental responsibility remain key priorities at all times.”

CRC Evans appoints Duncan Holland as Corporate Development Director

June 12th, 2023 by

CRC Evans is pleased to announce the appointment of Duncan Holland as Corporate Development Director.

Reporting to CEO Frederic Castrec and supporting the Group’s Executive Committee, Mr Holland will play a key role in delivering CRC Evans’ ambitious growth strategy, working closely with senior leadership towards the achievement of several key objectives, including the group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Mr Holland’s appointment is a further strengthening of the CRC Evans team following the merger of four market-leading organisations earlier this year. The merger saw Pipeline Technique, CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat and Global Project Services unite under the CRC Evans banner.

Mr Holland said: “This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the CRC Evans business. I’m delighted to join the team at such a pivotal moment and play a part in the next phase of growth for the company.

“CRC Evans has a formidable position in the welding and coating sector, and I look forward to helping streamline its operations, to build a sustainable and profitable business for the future.”

Frederic Castrec, CRC Evans CEO, said: “Duncan is an important addition to the CRC Evans team, accelerating our ambition to be the world’s leading provider of welding and coating services for the energy and wider infrastructure sectors as the global decarbonisation transition gathers pace.

“I look forward to working with Duncan as we expand our market-leading services and technologies across new markets and grow our business globally.”

Mr Holland previously held the position of Legal and Commercial Director for Capricorn Energy PLC (formerly Cairn Energy PLC), a FTSE 250 oil and gas company based in Edinburgh, where he managed various key functions for the Group’s worldwide operations.

CRC Evans appoints industry heavyweight Luis Araujo as Chairman

May 3rd, 2023 by

CRC Evans, the market leader in the provision of welding and coating services to the energy sector, has appointed industry heavyweight Luis Araujo as Chairman to help drive its next growth phase.

The appointment comes after a transformational year for the business, which has seen revenues grow to over a quarter of a billion pounds and strong growth across its core markets, including hydrogen, carbon capture, renewables, infrastructure and nuclear.

With its leadership in this space CRC Evans has real growth potential over the coming years, demonstrated by recent contract wins including with Subsea7 and Technip FMC.

The new CRC Evans was created after the acquisition by Pipeline Technique of CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat (PIH), and Stanley Inspection from Stanley Black & Decker with the new combined business taking the CRC Evans name.  The combined business has a strong heritage of onshore and offshore oil and gas pipeline construction, manufacturing and technology development and a reputation that has earned the trust of customers around the world.

By appointing Luis Araujo, CRC Evans has an experienced Chairman with a successful track record of growing businesses across the energy sector. During his term as CEO of Aker Solutions, he led the company through a significant transformation, expanding the company’s international presence and client base and implementing an energy transition strategy that culminated with the successful launch of new companies, Aker Carbon Capture and Aker Offshore Wind.

With over 38 years of experience in the energy and oil and gas industries, Luis has worked on a portfolio of advisory roles, with global experience in project management, engineering and sales, most recently as CEO of Aker Solutions from 2014 to 2020. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held Regional President and Executive Vice-President roles in the company since 2011. Prior to his period with Aker Solutions, he was CEO of Wellstream Brazil, a pipeline products company with a wide range of pipe solutions, currently part of Baker Hughes GE.

In addition to his new role as a Chairman at CRC Evans, Araujo also holds the position of Chairman with several other businesses, aiming to create transformational change within the energy sector.

Welcoming Luis’s appointment as a Chairman, Frederic Castrec, CEO of CRC Evans, says, “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Luis as a Chairman at CRC Evans. He is part of a number of high-quality appointments we are making across the executive team to help take the business forward,. Luis has an adept knowledge of both the traditional and renewable energy sectors, and his proven successful track record will be a great asset to the company. It will help us to continue our growth story. The entire Board and I are eagerly anticipating Luis joining us on the Board, and working together as we pursue the company’s strategic goals.”

Luis Araujo, Chairman of CRC Evans, says, “I am honoured to take up the role of Chairman of CRC Evans – a company with huge potential that I believe I can really contribute to. Due to its leadership in welding and coating services for the energy sector, we will undoubtedly play a considerable part in the global energy transition, helping the world become more energy efficient and reduce emissions.”

CRC Evans is also appointing Carol Chesney to Chair its Audit Committee. Carol has over 35 years of experience in complex finance, audit and company secretary roles and has served on the boards of four listed companies, including Renishaw plc, Hunting plc, Biffa plc and IQE plc. Carol is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

CRC Evans is backed by Bluewater, the specialist energy-focused international private equity firm.

Leading welding and coating services provider CRC Evans initiates transformational brand realignment

January 24th, 2023 by

CRC Evans today announced the creation of a world-leading welding and coating services provider following a merger between four market-leading organisations.

The merger sees Pipeline Technique, CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat and Global Project Services unite under the CRC Evans banner, accelerating the company’s ambition to be the world’s leading provider of welding and coating services for the energy and wider infrastructure sectors, including emerging energies, as the global transition gathers pace. The new CRC Evans (CRCE) business brings together more than 1000 employees across five continents.

Founded in 1933, CRC Evans has a strong heritage of onshore and offshore oil and gas pipeline construction, manufacturing and technology development and a name that has earned the trust of customers around the world. The CRCE acronym connects past and future into a dynamic and modern identity that will allow the group to expand its core delivery of welding and coating services across four key sectors: oil and gas, renewable energies, infrastructure and nuclear.

Fréderic Castrec, CEO of CRC Evans said “The increased scale and capability of our business will help us to grow across geographies and bring our expertise and technologies to markets such as the renewables sector where the application of our knowledge is helping to solve the infrastructure challenges facing floating wind, hydrogen, carbon capture and nuclear.

“The energy and infrastructure industries are evolving, and we are evolving with them. The creation of CRC Evans helps to position our growing suite of services more accurately, indicating our evolution within these sectors.

“We need to be agile and responsive to the challenges our customers face, and we are determined to help each of them keep moving forward in their respective markets.” Ben MacKay, COO of CRC Evans, said “Bringing our businesses together as one organisation reinforces our position at the head of the global welding and coating services markets across the global energy and wider infrastructure sectors.

“The knowledge, experience and shared specialisms that exist within our team will enable us to provide a robust service offering and our expanded footprint means that we can deliver more efficiently for our customers around the world.”