Noble Denton and Germanischer Lloyd Join Forces
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HOUSTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The merger of Noble Denton and Germanischer Lloyd forms a fully integrated technical assurance and consulting company to serve the worldwide energy industries. The new entity will provide assurance, inspection, and consulting as well as project management on a worldwide scale. It will focus its services along the entire life cycle oil and gas - upstream, midstream, and downstream - renewables and energy installations onshore and offshore. This includes safety, integrity, reliability and performance management. In Houston alone, the two companies will jointly operate with a workforce of more than 200 engineers and technical experts serving the U.S. oil and gas industry. "The merger is a reflection of the needs of our clients who increasingly face challenges in technology, environment and asset integrity. They are looking for partners who can provide a single source of engineering, consulting and project management services in the geographies in which they are based. This merger will ensure that we become the premier global business partner in oil and gas, renewables and energy supply markets," said Pekka Paasivaara, Member of the Executive Board Germanischer Lloyd at a press conference in Houston. Germanischer Lloyd, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, and Noble Denton, headquartered in London have followed similar growth strategies. Both organisations have conducted a number of acquisitions recently to complement their areas of expertise. Acquisitions by GL include the UK-based Advantica Group, Canadian and U.S. PV Inspection, Montreal-based Helimax, Kuala Lumpur-based Trident Consultants, Houston-based Materials Consulting Services and International Refinery Services in Singapore. Noble Denton has strengthened its portfolio by acquiring Martech Unlimited, BOMEL Consultants, Intelligent Decisions, Poseidon Maritime Ltd., Lowe Offshore International Inc., Standard Engineering and Brevik Engineering. "With Noble Denton's expert knowledge in assurance and consulting as well as project management, transportation and installation services relating to offshore assets we will enter a new dimension of services and expertise for the marine and offshore oil and gas industry. We will be the full service provider for the entire lifecycle of oil and gas installations," said Pekka Paasivaara. Both companies serve clients from oil and gas companies, contractors, shipyards, ship owners, consultants, designers and financial institutions across the marine and energy industries. The joint workforce will amount to more than 6,400 employees in 80 countries. "Noble Denton is excited to be merging with GL. We share the same values of safety, integrity and technical excellence. This partnership brings benefits to our clients and employees alike. We are now able to provide an even more comprehensive service offering to our clients, with access to a greater number of technical experts. This will enable us to enter developing markets," explained John Wishart, Group Managing Director of Noble Denton. Germanischer Lloyd in Houston Germanischer Lloyd (GL) is a technical assurance and consulting company as well as a ship classification society. The company with its head office in Hamburg, Germany, employs more than 5,500 highly skilled engineers. The global network consists of 208 locations around the globe. At GL's Americas regional headquarters in Houston, GL employs more than 100 technical experts serving the maritime as well as the oil and gas industries. GL provides quality assurance and quality control services to the oil and gas industry. At their Houston base, the company focuses on the upstream sector and is a renowned specialist in downhole equipment and tubular goods as well as overall integrity services of pipelines. GL's Houston Hazard & Risk team performs major hazard risk assessments for the process industries. Facilities included are refineries, offshore platforms and FPSOs, LNG plants and onshore production facilities. GL's Hydraulic Consulting Services (HCS) covers the full spectrum of hydraulics consultancy: detailed system design to determine system capacities; surge analysis for unanticipated events; simulation of operating and emergency procedures for safety and code compliance; forensic analysis for failure investigations with expert witness and testimony to appropriate agencies. GL offers worldwide specialized technical services addressing asset integrity management, safety and risk analyses, reliability and performance management related to energy production, storage and transportation. In addition, GL provides technical and consulting expertise to the renewable energy sector. In the maritime industry, GL's ship classification activities include comprehensive services for ship owners, shipyards, the maritime supply industry and flag states. - 1867: Founded as a German maritime classification society - 1976: Entry in the industrial services segment (oil and gas, renewables) - 2006: Change in ownership to family trust - 2007: Start of a series of acquisitions in different segments. Stepped up growth initiatives. - 2008: Service portfolio expansion in oil and gas, renewables and industrial inspection businesses - 2009: Merger with Noble Denton http://www.gl-group.com About Noble Denton With a long established presence in all major oil and gas markets worldwide Noble Denton is a world-class provider of life-cycle marine and offshore engineering services to the energy industries. The company's existing highly-skilled dynamic workforce of around 900 employees worldwide combines practical seafaring skills and high-end analytical engineering expertise. In Houston alone, Noble Denton employs 100 engineers. Delivering innovative solutions to complex problems with integrity and technical excellence, Noble Denton has been involved as a marine advisor and/or warranty surveyor in reaching most of the major milestones of the offshore industry and continues to lead the way in the development of industry standard marine operations guidelines. - 1904: Founded by Captain Pedder in the United Kingdom - 1970: Strong international expansion starts with a first office in Singapore - 2003: Accelerate growth path by selected acquisitions - 2006: Management sells majority to Norwegian private equity companies - 2008: Market leader in Marine Warranty Surveys, Dynamic Positioning Assurance, and in consultancy for the offshore industry - 2008: Acquisition of Standard & Brevik Engineering, two offshore engineering and marine consultancies - 2009: Merger with GL http://www.nobledenton.com Press contact: Germanischer Lloyd Corporate Communications Tel. +49(0)40-36149-4509, Fax +49(0)40-36149-250, email@example.com Your contacts are Dr. Olaf Mager and Stefanie Normann-Birkholz. This press release is available at http://www.gl-group.com. SOURCE Germanischer Lloyd Press contact: Germanischer Lloyd Corporate Communications, Tel. +49(0)40-36149-4509, Fax +49(0)40-36149-250, firstname.lastname@example.org; Your contacts are Dr. Olaf Mager and Stefanie Normann-Birkholz.