HFD Property Group (HFD) has announced the successful practical completion of TUV SUD NEL’s (TUV) new test flow laboratory in East Kilbride. The construction work on the base building, known as the Reynolds Building, is finished and TUV have now commenced the fit out of the £16 million Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) in East Kilbride.
Once the fit out is completed, the AMF’s test range capability, including operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology will be beyond anything currently available in the world. Operating at pressures up to 150 bar, the facility will double current capabilities to replicate extreme production conditions experienced by the oil and gas production industry.
The AMF will provide opportunities for industry-led projects, training and academic research. It will create at least 17 new jobs and safeguarding 82 and it will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years, and position Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement.
“HFD are delighted to be part of a Scottish led project of such international import; HFD as a group prides itself on working with occupiers to ensure our buildings meet their needs in full. In this instance the challenges were both technical and timebound; and we are delighted to have succeeded in delivering this key milestone for TUV. HFD has a wealth of experience working with Oil & Gas occupiers and having provided this platform for the project, we will continue to support TUV throughout their fit out and beyond,” said Matt Bellshaw, Property Director of HFD Property Group.
The 20,000 sq ft building has been under construction since September 2017 and despite major weather disruption during the winter months, the work was completed on time and on budget to a short 6-month programme.
The AMF development was supported by Scottish Enterprise with £4.9 million of research and development funding, while TUV’s parent company, TUV SUD AG is investing £11.1 million. The project marks the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business.