OIL and gas engineering consultancy Optimus (Aberdeen) has announced a surge in turnover.
The company, which provides oil and gas engineering, as well as safety and project management services, turned over £4.1million in the six months to the end of June – up 37% on the same period last year. Pre-tax profits in the first half of 2011 were £354,000 – a rise of £43,000 on a year ago.
Optimus aims to turn over £8.55million in the full year – up 50% on 2010.
Director Ian Bell said: “The buoyant oil and gas market has helped us all, but we’ve really reaped the rewards of providing services that our clients are demanding.
“Small and medium-sized project work, structural engineering and decommissioning were new focus areas for us last year and are becoming serious contributions to our group turnover.”
Optimus was set up in 1999 by Mr Bell and also has bases in Bangkok and Varna in Bulgaria. It boosted its workforce from 46 to 65 during the first half of 2011 and is on track to employ 150 people by summer next year.
“Our order book is strong, and we’re continuing to recruit to keep up with growing demand,” added Mr Bell. “I’m pleased to report that 2011 looks set to be another record-breaking year for Optimus.”