Global oil and gas production-facility support business Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) said yesterday it wanted to create 150 jobs in Aberdeen after adding a new service.
WGPSN, a division of Aberdeen-based energy service business Wood Group, said it would set up a dedicated project delivery arm to carry out large-scale, one-off jobs in the North Sea.
WGPSN specialises in long-term contracts where it partners operators in managing offshore installations.
The business said its new Aberdeen-based team would bid for individual projects designed to extend the life of platforms; competing against the likes of Amec and Aker Solutions.
WGPSN said the move opened up a market worth £30billion every year.
Andy Mackay, projects business manager at WGPSN, will head up the division’s project delivery organisation.
He said: “We have had great success winning and retaining engineering and construction, operations and maintenance and integrated service contracts, establishing a reputation for our capability in these areas. Our ambition now is to further develop WGPSN’s project delivery CV and provide our customers with dedicated project capability, either within or independent of existing contract frameworks.”
WGPSN has already carried out some work in the projects market, but said setting up an arm dedicated to this type of contracts would present more opportunities in the sector.
Mr Mackay added: “We see many of our current and potential customers making significant capital investments in their installations to maximise production volume.
“Such projects include subsea tiebacks, the addition of new modules and, in some cases, new bridge-linked platforms to extend the life of existing infrastructure. While we are undertaking studies and some project work in all these areas, we are further developing our capability to offer comprehensive support to all phases of a project from study to hookup and commissioning.”
WGPSN employs 8,300 people in the UK. With a global workforce of more than 25,000, it represents more than half of Wood Group’s 41,000 people.