When operating in extremely challenging and hard-to-reach environments, there really is no margin for error - and no one can accept a component failure in-service. Element’s weld testing services help to ensure your welding process is correct and sustainable and meets the quality and safety standards, offering you peace of mind, alongside long-term cost savings.

Welding, as the joining method of choice within offshore structures, applies to almost all components within subsea systems. From the complex structures that are lowered to the seabed, wellheads, and pipes, there is a myriad of components that need to be joined by welds. Therefore, verifying the properties and testing the lifecycle of these welds is of paramount importance under harder to simulate ‘realism’, especially when considering defective welds are often the ‘weakest link’ in terms of a system’s viability.


Simulation of harsh conditions to test weld behavior

With globally located, fully ISO 17025 accredited laboratories, we can simulate real-time weld testing conditions for welds and offshore components and their behavior in the field, including increased temperatures, higher pressures, more aggressive and corrosive conditions, and deepwater environments.


The Element advantage

To help you keep up with ever-changing technological advancements, we continually develop new techniques and dedicated weld testing methods for the oil & gas industry. Our services include: 

Whether your requirement is in weld procedure or welder certification, weld testing, inspection, or forensic failure analysis, our highly experienced and certified weld technology can provide a full range of welding testing services to support you at every stage of the asset life cycle. 

For more information about our weld testing services for the oil & gas industry or to request a quote, contact us today.

  • Weld qualification testing 
  • AWS, API, ASME testing procedures
  • Development of weld procedures for specification and code compliance
  • Weld quality analysis
  • Weld failure analysis
  • Welding process auditing and improvement services
  • Welding Procedure Qualification Record (WPQR)
  • Welder Performance Qualification (WPQ)
  • Preliminary or proposed Weld Procedure Specification (pWPS)
  • Weld inspection and monitoring
  • Third-party witnessing
  • Welding certification packages

Element welding specialists are familiar with a highly diverse range of codes and standards, including:

ISO, NEN-EN, standards 

ISO 15614, ISO 15609, ISO 9606, EN287-1, ISO 3834, ISO 5817

American Welding Society 

AWS D1.1 to AWS D1.6, AWS D9.1, AWS D14.1, AWS D14.6, AWS D15.1

American Society of Mechanical Engineers 

ASME B31.1, B31.3, ASME Section IX 

Military Standards

AMS-STD-1595, AMS-STD-2219

American Petroleum Institute

API 1104 Petroleum Piping

TÜV/PED 97/23/EC

Alongside these standards, almost all large concerns and insurance companies have their own additional, company-specific welding specifications. Element welding specialists are also familiar with these requirements, including:

  • DNV rules
  • Lloyds rules
  • Norsok
  • Shell DEP
  • Total spec
  • Tata steel welding standard

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