Oil and gas

Laboratory testing and failure investigation

Verification of subsea facilities

Setting industry standards for more than 50 years

DNV GL is a world-class provider of laboratory services, with a global network of advanced testing instruments, standards, best practice, and experts. Our independent service, advisory and scientific knowledge hubs offer laboratory testing as a key element of our quality assurance, verification and technology qualification services, and as part of our contribution to joint industry projects and to improving standards and recommended practices. 

With laboratories and dedicated specialists across three continents, we combine global industry experience with local expertise to help you meet safety, performance and financial goals. Through knowledge-sharing, collaboration and partnerships, we help address short-term challenges and provide foresight into future trends. 

To help you understand the structural performance of your systems throughout the life cycle, our structural and corrosion laboratories carry out tests applying loads ranging from a few kg to 2500 tons in a number of environments (H2S, CO2, seawater etc.). These tests range from material testing according to industry standards, to highly-customised component testing. 

Understanding internal flow and how to accurately measure what flows through the system is essential to the production and distribution of hydrocarbons. Internal fluid flow can also damage systems through erosion and corrosion. DNV GL has a number of advanced flow loops for actual flow tests and we can calibrate flow meters from 1” to 32” in diameter.   

To help our customers understand the marine environment in which they operate, our biology laboratories have investigated more than 100,000 species taken from drilling and production sites. 

The reliability of electric power distribution systems is critical to energy supply. DNV GL has several laboratories available to carry out performance tests on power distribution system components, using power sources up to 2400kV. 

Safe operations also involve understanding the consequences if something should fail. DNV GL carries out large-scale fire and explosion tests in our world-leading facility.

Failure analysis is also a major part of our work. 

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Dr. David Norfleet, P.E.

Dr. David Norfleet, P.E.

Head of Section - Incident investigation

Our laboratories and test sites

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A global network of experts and facilities

DNV GL operates some of the most important and progressive laboratories and test sites in the industry.

Spadeadam Testing and Research, UK

Spadeadam is a world-leading oil and gas industry test site

Bishop Auckland Research and Testing, UK

One of the world's largest high-pressure natural gas flow facilities.

Groningen Multiphase flow laboratory, the Netherlands

Allows equipment manufacturers and oil and gas companies to test, validate and calibrate multiphase technologies.

Groningen Fuel Transition Centre, the Netherlands

Qualification testing, verification and certification of fuels and fuel technology

KEMA High-power laboratory, the Netherlands

The world’s largest independent testing and certification lab for medium, high and ultra-high voltage T&D equipment.

Singapore Materials and structural laboratory

A leading laboratory service provider in the Asia Pacific region.

Bergen Materials, failure analysis, corrosion, coating and full-scale testing laboratory, Norway

Along with key services in material technology support, these laboratories have a prominent role in developing new practices and standards.

Høvik Materials qualification, full-scale and failure analysis laboratory, Norway

The on-site availability of specialist staff at DNV GL's Høvik headquarters enables easy integration of testing into multidisciplinary projects

Høvik Process laboratory, Norway

The process laboratory at DNV GL headquarters at Høvik is equipped for sand and erosion testing of rigid pipework components and unbonded flexible pipes.

Loughborough Materials and failure analysis laboratories, UK

From point of production to point of use, our services encompass all assets, from subsea transmission to local distribution, and all materials, from metallics and polymers to modern composites.

Columbus Materials and failure analyisis laboratory, US

One of North America’s leading materials and corrosion testing laboratories

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