MECHANICAL engineering group, EnerMech, has opened a base in Bristol and plans to recruit up to 20 engineers in the next 18 months.
EnerMech is targeting the south west of England and south Wales in a recruitment drive to maintain an international expansion programme which has seen the firm grow to a workforce of 1,000 only three years after start-up, with plans to add another 400 staff in the next year.
Says a spokesperson: “With oil and gas industry firms experiencing an ongoing skills shortage, EnerMech believes by tapping in to the rich industrial and engineering heritage of Bristol, Avon and South Wales, that it can attract vital new engineering talent.
“The first five engineers will join the company in the next month (Jan) at the newly opened base at Bristol Business Park and chartered engineer, John Truscott, has been appointed engineering manager and will oversee operations.”
EnerMech provides a range of engineering services to the global oil and gas industry, including cranes, lifting, valves, hydraulic equipment, equipment rental and training provision.
Headquartered in Aberdeen, the company has bases in Great Yarmouth, Norway, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Africa, USA and Australia, and has a number of acquisitions planned in 2012 in Asia and Africa.
EnerMech UK country manager, Stuart Smith, said: “Engineering competence and technical capability have been key to EnerMech’s success and forms the foundations of its future.
“To continue to grow and extend our international footprint, it’s important the company attracts the right kind of engineering talent. Bristol was chosen due to its connection with a number of engineering industries, its heritage and its catchment area remote from Aberdeen where we have a skills shortage in key disciplines.
“We are in the process of hiring five engineers to kick start the Bristol facility and envisage that will grow to around 20 within the first 18 months. Once the engineering capability and capacity is proven, the Bristol base will grow organically and make an important contribution to the future of the company.”
EnerMech estimates the cost of setting up the Bristol operation at £250,000 and if successful it will consider opening a similar operation, potentially in Yorkshire.
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 1000 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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