Plant lands contract in Middle East

A BLYTH factory has landed a major contract to supply equipment for a new £16bn oil and gas field in the Middle East.

Baric Systems has built a large fluid-handling system at its Ennerdale Road plant capable of dispensing lubricant at a rate of 125 litres a minute.

The firm, taken over last year by the US-based Colfax Corporation, has teamed up with Stadium Packing Services in Swalwell, Gateshead, to transport the product to Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Industrial City ready for its opening in 2013.

Baric’s projects and planning manager, Mark Suddes, said: “This was a major contract for us, and it was vital that we worked with a company who we knew would make sure this very sophisticated equipment was transported safely.

“I think people sometimes underestimate the key role played by companies like Stadium.

“Like us, it has deep roots in the north east, and we are delighted to be able to work with a business which has the experience and know-how we require.”

Stadium general manager Brian Smith added: “It’s great that two companies based in the north east continue to work together on such significant projects.”

The construction of the Jubail oil refinery and petrochemical complex is one of the biggest projects of its kind currently under way anywhere in the world.

Jubail will be the largest industrial complex on earth, and once completed, the refinery will produce 400,000 barrels of oil day.