International oilfield services company, Expro, is opening a new facility in Aberdeen to enhance its growing well intervention business, following a strong annual global revenue increase to more than $1billion (£630 million).
The site, in Howe Moss Avenue Dyce, will house Expro’s wireline, well intervention, well services, well integrity (Safewells) and cased hole logging services to help provide integrated and multi-skilled teams.
The new premises in the Kirkhill Industrial Estate comprises of two buildings, each with office space, workshops and yards, covering a total of 6,186 square metres (the equivalent of 1 1/2 football pitches).
As a result of an internal employee competition, the buildings have been named after two Scottish legends: Andrew Carnegie, the 20th century tycoon and philanthropist, and James Young, who invented the process of extracting oil from coal in the early 1800s.
The Carnegie and Young buildings will eventually hold Expro’s combined well intervention services team, of approximately 200 employees.
Expro has employed more than 150 new employees in the UK over the past year, and continues to support employees with specialised development programmes.
Through the company’s ex-forces recruiting plan, Expro currently has a number of ex-forces employees in training at its Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen. Expro’s Graduate Development Plan has also attracted high-calibre graduates and put them through a structured development programme.
Expro is looking to recruit at least another 40 people in the UK area across subsea, wireline and well test product lines, in the next few months.
Keith Palmer, Expro’s Europe CIS Region Director, said: “This year has seen another period of strong growth for Expro in the UK. Our considerable investment in additional facilities in Aberdeen will allow us to consolidate our well intervention capabilities, further enhancing our ability to deliver services to our customers.
“It also gives us the opportunity to upgrade our workshop and yard which in turn, will allow us to increase product quality and maintain our focus around operational excellence. The additional workshop space will provide us the additional capacity we need to accommodate increased subsea landing string build capacity for the long term future.
“Expro is continually expanding. Strong client demand, increased revenue and investment in new markets has allowed us to hire more than 1,000 people globally in the past year, and we’re continuously increasing both onshore and offshore work. With a five year plan to double our workforce, investment in new premises and growth opportunities is critical.”