About 60 jobs are expected to be created in Aberdeen by energy service company RBG after a record month of contract wins in February when it landed more than £150million of work.
The global provider of inspection, assess and repair services said it had experienced a period of significant activity in the North Sea, winning contracts with major operators to be delivered over the next few years.
RBG chief executive Dave Workman said: “The industry is emerging from a significant downturn and we are now seeing the predicted recovery.
“We have started strongly in 2011 with an upturn in contract activity, particularly on the UK continental shelf, with demand growing across all of our service lines.
“We are seeing similar growth in our international locations and we are excited about the prospects for the company in the next 12 months as we build on our established reputation and recent successes.”
Work won included a three-year contract from Maersk Oil UK, worth up to £36million including extension options.
About 100 employees from the company’s marine and subsea division will provide a range of integrated services including vessel-based diving, autonomous diving support craft and remotely operated vehicle operations.
Mr Workman said: “Recent contract wins cement our position as a leading North Sea contractor and highlight the range of different services we deliver for our clients.
“We are accelerating our investment in the people, technology and infrastructure that allows us to continually deliver our expert services to the safest and highest standards, across all our key markets.”
Aberdeen-based RBG employs more than 4,500 people worldwide and its 2010 sales exceeded £300million.
A change of ownership at the company is also expected this year.
There has been speculation that Dutch group Stork and London-based private-equity player BC Partner are the bidders in the frame.
The current shareholders are venture-capital company 3i and Aberdeen marine logistics firm Ashley Group, which both have 50% stakes. Mr Workman said: I can confirm that RBG is in discussions regarding the future funding of the business. Nothing has yet been finalised and we are currently considering various options. Given the sensitive nature of these discussions, I cannot release further information at this time.
“RBG is entering a new phase of international growth and development and, as such, we seek to secure additional funding to enable this.
“Additional funding will bring increased capability and will support us in raising RBG’s global profile, while bringing new opportunities for the company.
“In the meantime, business continues as normal and we remain focused on safely delivering for our clients.”