East Anglian pipework and steelwork fabrication company Pruce Newman are delighted to announce that they have recently been awarded certification to Module D of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).

Pruce Newman,  whose core business is the fabrication and installation of specialist industrial pipework for the energy and process manufacturing sectors, was audited by Lloyd’s Register Verification for conformity with the requirements of the Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/689/EU and the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, UK Statutory Instrument  2016 No. 1105 and awarded certification on the 6th July 2018.

The Pressure Equipment Directive is a European Law which harmonises regulations across Europe for the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment with a maximum allowable pressure of greater than 0.5barg.

Compliance with PED allows a manufacturer to CE-mark individual items of pressure equipment (vessels, piping, safety accessories etc.) and completed assemblies of pressure equipment (such as skid-mounted units) and place these on the market in the EU. Pruce Newman’s Module D accreditation means that their production processes and Quality Management Systems have been assessed by the required Notified Body (in this case, Lloyd’s) and meet the requirements for Pruce Newman to act as either fabricator or manufacturer, and to play their part in the production and installation of CE-marked pressure equipment and pressure equipment assemblies.

Whilst CE-marking is not necessarily a requirement for site installation of pipework, Pruce Newman have adopted this harmonised standard to cater for the needs of clients in sectors such as Oil & Gas, where international operators may seek parity of conformity across all assets, either onshore or offshore, and regardless of their geographical location.

Pruce Newman’s drive for accreditation was led by Compliance Manager Keith Dixon, and the company has made a significant investment in adopting the standard, which required a good deal of forward planning and research. Speaking about the accreditation, Keith said:

“We have been seeking to achieve PED certification to cover the work that we do and to satisfy the pre-requisite requirements of potential clients, particularly those from the offshore oil and gas sector. After months of investigation we were able to find a notified body who could meet our requirements. Since the beginning of 2018 we have been working towards attaining accreditation for Module D of the Directive.  I am pleased that we were successful, it is another milestone achieved for Pruce Newman to be proud of.”

To find out more about Pruce Newman’s capacity to deliver CE-marked pressure equipment and equipment assemblies in compliance with the PED, contact the Estimating Team on 01953 605123, or email info@prucenewman.co.uk