WOOD Group is boosting its credentials in the field of vibration, dynamics and noise (VDN) engineering with the acquisition of Australian company SVT Engineering Consultants for an undisclosed sum.

Calling the acquisition a “significant step”, Wood Group said SVT is a natural strategic fit for the business, broadening its existing spectrum of specialist technical services.

SVT, a privately-owned company with headquarters in Perth, provides piping and rotating equipment vibration, noise, integrity engineering and asset integrity services.

Managing director Stewart Wharton will continue to lead the 110-strong team of personnel across SVT’s offices in Perth and Brisbane with no job losses expected. SVT will operate within the Wood Group Kenny business.

The company was formed to pioneer the application of sound and vibration technology in the Australian resource sector. SVT’s client base covers the onshore and offshore oil and gas market including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), as well as mining, power and utilities sectors.

Wood Group said that the deal expands a global technical expertise which it established with the acquisition of Calgary-based BETA Machinery Analysis in June 2015.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny, said: “Australia is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of minerals and is on the cusp of becoming the world’s largest LNG producer. SVT builds on our asset integrity management service line as part of our strategy to enhance our vibration, dynamics and noise capability to support the operational phase of Australia’s LNG and mining infrastructure for decades to come.”