Services of the Future

By Staff Report | March 28, 2013

Rising oil and gas production has boosted demand for a range of services. More than 7,000-miles of pipeline currently exists in North Dakota. Add that to the increased expansion of crude oil, natural gas and water transport pipelines, and it is easy to see that pipeline expansion has created a new demand for pipeline testing services that will last well into the future. Each state requires pipeline owners to manage, check and patrol their strings at frequencies determined by the size and scope of the pipelines.

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm, with offices in Bismarck, N.D., and West Fargo, N.D., has already established itself as a leader in pipeline X-ray testing used to check for cracked or compromised welds that connect one piece to the next. But Braun Intertec still needs to expand. The company has opened new offices in Minot, N.D., and Dickinson, N.D., according to Steve Nagle, vice president. Busy with the demand for nondestructive testing, the company has opened new offices in Minot, N.D., and Dickinson, N.D. The need for such testing isn’t only about pipelines, Nagle says. Gas plants, terminals, well sites and other infrastructure locations all need the testing done to stay in compliance.

Even Chicago-based investment firms are interested in, or excited, about industrial X-ray testing. Sterling Partners invested in Desert NDT LLC, a Texas-based welding X-ray testing company. Then, Desert acquired Williston-based T&K Inspection, a nondestructive testing company. Alan Macksey, managing director at Sterling Partners said Desert’s acquisition mirrored its own investment strategy when it pursued Desert NDT.