The NRL Group’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) business is celebrating reaching the finals of this year’s EIC Awards. The nomination and subsequent shortlist follow their listing in the Energy Industries Council’s (EIC) annual Survive and thrive report – which highlights member organisations who have adapted and strengthened their energy supply chain businesses.
Each year members are asked how they have evolved and grown their businesses, looking for industry leading examples of strategic growth, innovation and diversification. Reviewed and individually interviewed by the EIC’s CEO Stuart Broadley, each profiled member was then invited to take part in the EIC’s annual awards – which looks for examples across the energy sector of collaboration, energy transition, transformation and optimisation.
Reaching the finals of the diversification award category, NRL’s NDT business was identified after expanding their operations to set up a new ultrasonics qualification and inspection expertise to support nuclear new build projects – including a new office in Bristol to support new regional projects.
By investing significantly in specialist equipment and welcoming on board technical experts to establish operations, the business grew service expertise and geographical coverage – as well as helping position them to support emerging energy markets such as small modular reactor (SMR) technology.
Winners of this year’s EIC Awards will be revealed during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, December 2.
Discussing the award shortlist, NRL NDT Services Managing Director Phil Jennings said: “We’re pleased to see our strategic decision to diversify into Ultrasonic Qualification and Inspection has been recognised for our industry peers at this year’s EIC Awards.
“By combining the NDT expertise NRL have established over the last three decades with the Ultrasonics specialism our UT Operations Director Tim Stubbs and his team brought to the business, we have fully expanded our operations to ensure we’re in a strong position to support the next generation of nuclear power.”
With a long-standing history of growing the NRL Group through service and sector innovation, CEO David Redmayne, added: “Our family business has continued to evolve by not shying away from making bold decisions that hold the capability to let us grow and extend our expertise to better support our clients.
“It’s a strategy that has seen us establish several new business divisions and specialist services since first establishing our business in 1983 – such as our NDT team’s advancement of Ultrasonic Qualification and Inspection services.
“What drives this strategy and ethos to innovate and diversify are our talented people, and the dedication they show to always question how we could do more, and be better.”