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[post_content] => Netherlands-based WTS Energy has acquired The Sniffers NV from the Carlyle Group. The Sniffers, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Belgium, offers emission reduction services, energy saving projects for steam- and flare-losses and underground pipeline and cable network integrity services.
“We view The Sniffers as a great addition to our portfolio and a pioneering leader in their field,” says Frederik Rengers, CEO of WTS Energy. “Environmental services, energy savings and plant integrity are hugely important for the global energy industry. The market for these services is growing at a fast pace in both the developed world and in emerging countries. At WTS Energy we are excited about the added value this will bring to our clients and to our portfolio of services. With our global office network and experience in emerging countries, we will assist The Sniffers as much as we can in their global expansion plans.”
Bart Wauterickx, CEO of The Sniffers, is similarly keen: “WTS Energy provides The Sniffers with a truly global footprint and access to technical resources to help The Sniffers in the next level of growth. Our management and the entire Sniffers’ team are happy to be joining forces with the WTS Energy team around the world. We look forward offering our broad range of services to existing and new customers and assist them with Sniffing for a safer and greener environment."
WTS Energy says the synergies between the two companies are “enormous”. WTS has 20 offices around the world and is active in around 50 countries, primarily offering global recruitment, payrolling, workforce management and technical assistance services to the energy industry. The acquisition, it says, “brings WTS Energy one step closer to becoming an integrated energy services company”.
CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE
The acquisition came shortly after The Sniffers received ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation from BELAC, the Belgian accreditation body, for its leak detection services.
“This ISO laboratory accreditation is an independent recognition of the LDAR capabilities of The Sniffers,” says Wauterickx. “When executing a leak detection project, it is essential that the customer can be assured that the detection of leaks, the individual quantification of a leak and the quantification of the overall emission of the installation to the atmosphere, is happening 100 per cent consistent with the outstanding legislation.”
“As these emission measurements affect maintenance programmes and official external environmental reporting of oil and gas sites, revealing the truth about the emission situation is indispensable for customers that care about their people and their social responsibility,” adds Bas Hermans, operations director.
“This laboratory accreditation provides a formal recognition to confirm our competences and provides us a passport to submit tenders that require independently verified laboratories,” the company says. “Our accreditation is highly regarded both nationally and internationally as a reliable indicator of this technical competence, thus assuring our customers that the LDAR measurement data supplied by our inspection services – wherever in the world - are accurate and reliable. It helps our customers to minimise risk by ensuring that they are choosing a technically competent and trustworthy partner that has a sound quality system in place.”
The Sniffers has been active in the sector since 1991 and has carried out more than 7,000 leak detection projects. As such, it has a well-developed understanding of the applicable regulations and directives on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and control requirements.
[post_title] => Leak detection: A nose for a deal
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Leak detection: A nose for a deal