Wood Group in Beta acquisition

first_imgWood Group said it has acquired Beta Machinery Analysis, a Calgary-based engineering consultancy specializing in advanced vibration analysis in a deal valued at US$14.3 million.“Beta’s expertise in advanced vibration, pulsation stress and dynamic analysis of piping systems and machinery during the design and production phases are key elements in integrity management and strengthen Wood Group’s capabilities,” the company said in a statement, adding that these services can be applied to field troubleshooting, monitoring and inspection of both greenfield and brownfield assets throughout the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas market.Beta’s current focus is the topsides, utilities, refineries and facilities sector. The company employs approximately 100 personnel across their Canada, U.S., China and Malaysia locations and will continue to be led by its existing management team under Russ Barss, Beta president.Beta’s service offering is complementary to Wood Group Kenny, as well as Wood Group PSN and Wood Group Mustang, with its services easily transferrable to the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines sector, Wood Group said.The engineering consultancy will operate under Wood Group Kenny, specifically within the Wood Group Integrity Management business.[mappress mapid=”17497″]Image: Beta Machinery Analysislast_img read more

Barca close in as Real fixture is called off

first_imgHowever, that match has been called off after strong winds damaged Celta’s Balaidos stadium and left it unsafe to hold the game, La Liga confirmed after a security evaluation was carried out by local authorities.Barca took their chance to apply pressure at the Camp Nou, but needed some wasteful finishing by Athletic in a much tighter game than the scoreline suggests.Luis Suarez was left on the bench to allow Paco Alcacer a rare start and he netted his first La Liga goal since joining from Valencia for 30 million euros ($32 million) in August, whilst Messi came off 25 minutes from time.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi sits on the pitch during their match against Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 4, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENE“Today a lot of players who haven’t had a lot of minutes took part and showed what they can do,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique.“We were able to give a rest to some because, without that, it is impossible to compete at 100 percent with all the games we have coming up.“Thirdly, we’ve won three marvellous points.”Athletic should have been in front before Alcacer’s 18th-minute opener as Raul Garcia’s low effort was turned onto the post by Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Inaki Williams headed wide when unmarked from 12 yards out.Alcacer has endured a torrid time since joining Barca but settled the hosts when he turned home Neymar’s cut-back inside Gorka Iraizoz’s near post.Athletic’s day was summed up with Barca’s second, five minutes before half-time. After scoring in both legs of the Copa del Rey last 16 clash between the sides from free-kicks last month, Messi again outdid Iraizoz from the narrowest of angles.– Pique injured –Barcelona’s Rafinha (R) vies with Athletic Bilbao’s Yeray Alvarez during their Spanish league match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 4, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEThis time, though, the goalkeeper was more at fault than brilliance from the Argentine as Messi registered his 31st goal in 30 games this season.Only injuries to Gerard Pique and Rafinha blighted Barca’s day. Pique limped off at half-time as a precautionary measure with a groin strain, whilst the Brazilian suffered a knock in clashing with Ter Stegen.Messi then took a rare break as he was replaced by Sergi Roberto.Yet, even that change worked in Barca’s favour as Aleix Vidal was pushed into a more advanced role from right-back and rounded off the win by firing into the far corner 23 minutes from time for the Catalans’ 100th goal in all competitions this season.In Vigo confusion reigned for hours as to whether Balaidos would be safe enough to host the European champions on Sunday.However, La Liga finally issued a statement confirming the postponement, saying the stadium “will not be secure for players and fans”.Atletico Madrid players celebrate at the end of their match against Deportivo at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on February 4, 2017 © AFP / CESAR MANSOCelta’s Galician rivals Deportivo la Coruna saw their clash with Real Betis on Friday also postponed due to weather-induced damage to Deportivo’s Riazor ground.Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid strengthened their hold on the final Champions League position in fourth as Fernando Torres scored twice to see off lowly Leganes 2-0 at the Vicente Calderon.Torres won the penalty that led to the opening goal on 15 minutes as he was chopped down by Dimitrios Siovas.For the fifth time in his seven penalties for Atletico, Antoine Griezmann failed to find the net as Iago Herrerin saved his tame effort, but Torres poked home the rebound for his first league goal since September.The roof of the Rio Alto grandstand in the Balaidos stadium in Vigo was damaged by heavy wind, forcing officials to cancel Real Madrid’s trip to Celta © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAAnd the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker doubled the lead just six minutes into the second half when he dinked home Angel Correa’s fine through ball.At the other end of the table, Valencia’s struggles continued as they were thrashed 4-0 at home by Eibar to remain six points above the relegation zone in 15th. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Alcacer celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their match against Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 4, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMadrid, Spain, Feb 4 – Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.last_img read more