ENGINEERING and construction company Subsea 7 has played host to a delegation of Ghanaian VIPs, including its deputy minister of energy, Kwabena Donkor.
The group was at Subsea 7’s bases at Westhill and Tullos, Aberdeen, as part of their visit to the area for the Offshore Europe energy show.
During their spell with Subsea 7, they learned about the company’s global capabilities and experience and also got to see a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in operation.
In addition, they were invited to try out a simulator used as part of the company’s training programme for ROV operators at Tullos.
The delegation was met by senior bosses at Subsea 7, including chief executive Mel Fitzgerald.
Subsea 7 subsidiary i-Tech was awarded a £12million contract recently by Tullow Ghana for the provision of ROV services to support production from the Jubilee field offshore of the west African country.
The division has about 70 of its 650 personnel based at Westhill, and has more than 80 ROVs. Subsea 7 employs about 1,000 people at the Aberdeenshire site, with the north-east staff forming part of a 5,000-plus international workforce.
Meanwhile, Ryan Tod, 17, one of Subsea 7’s workshop apprentices at Tullos has been named runner-up in the Scottish Engineering first-year apprentice competition.
As a result, he is invited to apply for a place at the Skills Development Scotland Space School in Houston.
In other developments at Subsea 7, seven of its drawing-office apprentices have just completed HNC courses at Banff and Buchan College.
The group has also announced the award of a long-term contract, worth more than £150million, by Brazilian state oil firm Petrobras.