Inspectorate expanded its liquefied petroleum gas testing capabilities in North America to meet market demand for the analysis of propane, butane and other LP gas products developed in areas where prominent crude supply and natural gas streams exist.
Fred Hutchings, senior vice president for commodities at Bureau Veritas, which acquired the Inspectorate brand in 2010, says the increasing production of natural gas from major shale plays in the U.S. created a need for businesses like Inspectorate to have a strong local presence when examining the quality of clients’ product.
According to Inspectorate, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia have recently flourished into a large production area of LP gas and has made up about 85 percent of the increase in the natural gas production since January 2012. Inspectorate expanded its offices and laboratories in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Linden, N.J., to meet the growth in this market.
In addition, Inspectorate expanded its reach into the Gulf Coast’s refining sector through facilities located near strategic ports and waterways covering the area from south Texas to Louisiana.