Media Release: EnerMech uses military precision and expands in England to boost staff numbers


MECHANICAL engineering group, EnerMech, is on a major recruitment drive as it forecasts its workforce will grow by one-third from 750 to 1,000 by the end of 2011.

The Aberdeen-based oil services company currently has 80 vacancies but is hoping to attract ex-military personnel and plans to open two new bases in England to boost staffing levels.

With the impending closure of RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth’s future under threat, the company believes former armed forces staff will have an excellent blend of the required engineering and hydraulic skills.

Recent armed forced recruitment road shows in Perth and Forres attracted large numbers of past and current military staff and EnerMech are planning a recruitment day their Howes Road headquarters and a later event in Aberdeen in November.

EnerMech also has a well-established graduate recruitment and apprenticeship scheme and recently recruited four apprentices taking the total to 12 employed, while eight graduates are at various stages of their career development. A new in-house trainee scheme has recruited six youngsters to be trained for the PPU division (process, pipeline and umbilicals) and is seeking more trainees to join.

In addition to recruiting from its north-east heartland, EnerMech will open an office in Bristol and is looking at a second option in west Yorkshire, which will give the business a strategic advantage and tap in to the engineering skills base in both areas.

EnerMech believes Bristol, with its tradition as a major port and shipping centre, can offer skilled engineers and technicians which will boost the company’s successful cranes, rigging and heavy lifting division.

Plans are still to be finalised but an office in Huddersfield or the surrounding area – which has strong links to the valve manufacturing industry – can benefit EnerMech’s valve supply and servicing division.

EnerMech’s director of human resources, Shirley Smith, said: “We are a fast growing business and while we continue to recruit in our Aberdeenshire heartland we have to look at other options to maintain the momentum.

“In any given month we have around 80 vacancies and while we are very successful at attracting high quality candidates from the oil and gas sector, we believe there are many potentially excellent candidates working in, or recently left, the armed forces.

“It’s equally important to have talented young people coming through at different levels of the business, as it is to be able to introduce experienced technicians and engineers, and we place a lot of importance in giving apprentices and graduates and trainees the opportunity to flourish.”

EnerMech was established in 2008 and is a leading provider of mechanical engineering services, hydraulics, cranes and lifting equipment, equipment rental and training services to the global oil and gas industry.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, EnerMech has bases in Great Yarmouth, Norway, Dubai, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Ghana, South Africa and Australia. Last week EnerMech announced it had secured its largest deal to date, a five year £20 million contract to supply Wood Group PSN with plant and equipment and for repair and maintenance services.


Note to Editors

EnerMech Ltd was formed in April 2008.

The company specialises in the supply, maintenance and engineering of cranes, lifting, valves and hydraulic equipment, equipment rental and the provision of training and specialist personnel to the energy industry.

With the acquisition of Specialist Maintenance Services Ltd and A1 Safety Training Consultants Ltd, EnerMech is now a leading international provider of offshore crane and lifting operations, crane personnel and safety training. EnerMech also has a significant presence in Norway following the acquisition of Bjørge ASA’s crane division in October 2008.

In April 2009, EnerMech extended its presence in the Middle East with the acquisition of UAE free zone companies Pavitt Energy Limited and Scotia Oilfield Trading FZE which has since been integrated in to the EnerMech group. Investment totaling £5.1 million ($7.5M) has been made in equipment stock rental, improvements at our bases in Ras al-Khaimah and Doha, and plans have been drawn up to build a new £3 million facility in Jebil Ali, Dubai which will be ready in 2012.

In April 2010, EnerMech acquired Aberdeen based hydraulic engineering specialist Norson Power in an £11 million deal. Norson Power provides hydraulic pipework installation and designs and manufactures hydraulic equipment for the oil, gas and marine industries.

EnerMech recently agreed a £24 million funding package with Lloyds Banking Group and, together with private equity provided by Lime Rock Partners and shareholder finance, has in place £40 million to support organic growth and further acquisitions.

In August 2010, EnerMech invested £4 million to acquire its 16 acre headquarter site in Aberdeen. A further £840,000 is being spent on refurbishments and the construction of new workshops, while another £2 million has been invested in setting up a new Valve Care division which will target the valve supply, testing, inspection and maintenance sector. In December 2010 EnerMech acquired Aberdeen Valve Supplies Ltd and its subsidiaries LG Ball Valves Ltd and Valve Paint Shop Ltd.

EnerMech employs 750 staff at its Aberdeen headquarters and bases in Great Yarmouth, Stavanger, Dubai, Qatar, Ras al-Khaimah, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Ghana, South Africa and Perth, Australia.


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