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News in Brief - January/February 2002

Connect, no. 116, January/February 2002, p.8

Middle East project set to reduce costs

TWI Joint Industry Project

Optimisation of materials selection for seawater handling systems in the Middle East has just begun with the support of Qatargas, Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas and Saudi Aramco, and is open to additional participants.

The objectives include collation of good and bad experiences of materials and repair in seawater duty in the Middle East. The 12 month project will provide practical industrial guidance on the major problems and successes in new construction or upgrades, thus allowing the lessons learned to be applied to reduce future costs. A brief questionnaire will soon be sent to companies operating such systems. Further details on the project and participation can be obtained from Ted Hutchens. E-mail:

AWS show

TWI will be exhibiting at the 2002 AWS Show (Max International) in Chicago at Booth 2367. This event takes place 4-7 March 2002. For more details contact Richard Freeman.


SkillWELD 2002

As a result of the success of SkillWELD 2000 and the enthusiasm of those who took part, it has been decided to hold the competition again during 2001/02.

SkillWELD is a welding competition open to trainees who have been undergoing training for a minimum of six months and who, in the opinion of their instructor, are producing work of a good visual standard in line with BS EN 287.

There will be regional competitions held in centres throughout the UK. The regional winners will go forward to a SkillWELD National Final to be held in April 2002 at TWI, Great Abington. Successful finalists will be asked to represent the welding industry at the UK Skills Show to be held in Manchester in November 2002. After further selection, one of the national finalists may be selected to represent the UK welding industry at the Skills Olympics to be held in Switzerland in 2003.

If you would like to enter craft welding candidates, please contact the following for a starter pack: Mike Vacher, AWD, Enterprise House, Stafford Park 1, Telford T73 3BD
Tel: 01952 290036 Fax: 01952 290037 E-mail:

Technical Group Meeting

The Materials and Weldability Technical Group will be holding a meeting on 12 March 2002. The subject is Welding onto coated materials and the meeting is to be held at TWI, Great Abington. More details can be obtained from the Technical Group secretary, Joanna Nicholas.


For more information please email: