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MORE CONTRACT AWARDS FOR INVERGORDON COMPANY
Port Services (Engineering) Limited (PSEL) this week announced further contract awards which should secure employment at their base in Invergordon until the end of 2009.
The well known Scottish based engineering company has announced three new contracts from drilling contractors who will be taking drilling units to Invergordon during the summer.
“We have been successful in our tender to complete a major overhaul of Prosafe owned “Safe Scandinavia” which will be arriving in Invergordon during June 2009. Our project team at PSEL have worked closely with Prosafe over many months to secure “lead contractor” status and are looking forward to starting two further contracts during August and September” Stated Paul Clark – Operations Director for the Port Services Group.
The total award for these contracts is undisclosed and Steve Clark, Managing Director for the Group is delighted with the standards set so far this year.
“While other companies are obviously feeling the strain due to the current climate I am delighted that we maintain a measured drive at expanding our brand. Our capital investment programme coupled with our organic growth has set the group in great shape for the coming year. Our desire to be market leaders is testament to our employees and although I am in no doubt challenging times may still be ahead, we are looking forward to this year with great anticipation”
Port Services have also announced an investment of £5m in a mega heavy lift crane that will greatly enhance the services the group can offer. The band new TC2800-1 with its Huge lifting capacities and greater wind speed working will be a significant development for the port of Invergordon.
Steve Clark continued: “Our investment in the crane and other facilities has made the Cromarty Firth an attractive option for IRM contracts. The skills base and infrastructure available here is second to none and we predict that more contracts will follow, which is great news for the local economy.”
“This crane is a major asset and greatly enhances the scope of our operational capabilities.”
The newly incorporated Cromarty Firth Supply Chain Partnership (CFSCP) has thrown its support behind the successful contract bid by Port Services. The Partnership was recently set up by local companies as a delivery and marketing vehicle to attract new work into the Firth, comprising all the specialist skills and services required to successfully fulfill IRM contracts.
A key aim of the Partnership is to revive the Nigg Dry Dock as a service base, given that several drilling companies have already expressed an interest in using the facility.
Steve Clark added: “The CFSCP group of companies incorporates all the necessary skills and support services the rig repair market requires and our crane investment will certainly make the Cromarty Firth a much more attractive location for these companies.”
Port Services (Engineering) Ltd offers full turnkey project management and specialist engineering support for the inspection, repair and maintenance of offshore installations, including modifications, refurbishments and annual surveys. They have fabrication facilities in Invergordon, Scrabster and Aberdeen and support over 100 jobs in Scotland and in the North Sea.
Sister company Port Services (Invergordon) Limited reported recently about a major contract award for a shore based logistical contract from energy giant Wood Group North Sea (Engineering) Limited which see PSI supporting four offshore platforms from Invergordon for the first time.