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Protecting pipelines in the Russian far east.

Byline: By Graeme King

A top Tyneside anti-corrosion company has spread its wings to win new business in the far east of Russia.

Pipeline Protection has won a contract to protect fuel pipelines on the Russian island of Sakhalin.

The South Shields company, which specialises in anti-corrosive coatings, will supply `coated pipe' to pump oil from new reserves found on the island in the Sea of Japan.

The oil reserves on the island are being exploited for the first time with the new pipeline making up part of the first infrastructure to be put in place on the island.

The pipeline will distribute oil throughout the island with long-term plans to transfer the fuel to the Russian mainland and eventually to Europe. The contract has led to the company pushing ahead with expansion plans at its Tyne Dock base with new machinery being installed.

The work is being carried out with the help of South Tyneside Council's business development team who helped source a grant to co-fund the new machinery and work at the plant.

Roger McDonald, managing director of Pipeline Protection, said: "This is great news for us. We had noticed and reacted to an economic downturn in our line of work and had already decided to re-focus our business plan and move more towards project work which this latest contract represents."

Coun Eddie McAtominey, South Tyneside Council's lead member for corporate development, said: "Pipeline Protection has clearly shown they have found a niche market that can save money as well as significantly extend a product's life cycle.

"The council are delighted to have helped Pipeline Protection further expand its business and hope this new contract leads to more new business wins."

Pipeline Protection was formed in 1965 and works with the water, gas, oil, chemical and marine industry, specialising in increasing the longevity of a pipe that is submerged in water or buried under ground.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 26, 2003
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