Corrosion and erosion monitoring specialist Permasense has appointed STARC (Saudi Trading And Research Company Ltd) to support it expanding Middle East operation by becoming its representative in Saudi Arabia.
STARC is an oil and gas, petrochemical, energy and water desalination solutions provider. The company has delivered pipeline and corrosion services in Saudi Arabia for over a decade.
“This move is the first step on our mission to break into the biggest oil and gas market in the world – the Middle East,” said Permasense chief revenue officer Kevin Clarke.
It is hoping to create demand for its continuous pipewall thickness sensors in a market where an estimated 70% of the fixed platforms and bridges in the region are more than 25 years old and some are over 40 years.
Nadim Borini, MENA Regional Sales Manager at Permasense, adds: “The partnership with STARC will put us on the doorstep of key customers, give clients access to an in time-zone team, and provide us with crucial local insight.”
Permasense currently has offices in Aberdeen, Houston, Horsham and Kuala Lumpur. The company also engages a local agent to support its activity in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The company is also eyeing the Russian market, where it hopes to announce its first contract later this year.