The contracts have been awarded in anticipation of the maintenance shutdown that has been scheduled at the plant for May 2012.

Under the terms of the contract, SGS will provide in-service inspection of butt welds through the use of ultrasonic testing methods.

The other contract includes conduction of quality assurance supervision during the maintenance shutdown.

SGS will apply ultrasonic testing methodologies in the course of its first contract with Dow, including time of flight diffraction and phased array of butt welds on reactor D-2230 during plant shutdown.

In addition, in-service inspection will allow Dow to assess the remaining service life of the plant components under test, enabling proper decision-making for future maintenance.

For the second contract, SGS will provide quality assurance and quality control services.

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