Utec HQ leaves Hous­ton for base in Gran­ite City

Spe­cial­ist makes new ap­point­ments as part of strate­gic re­view

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - BUSINESS -

Cory Goodyear, Mick Elm­slie and Jonathan Watt are now di­rec­tors for the com­pany’s Amer­i­cas and Europe & Africa busi­ness units.

An­nounc­ing the pro­mo­tions, chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cameron said: “Pro­vid­ing ex­pe­ri­enced employees with the op­por­tu­nity to move into new po­si­tions has al­lowed us to add strength and depth to the or­gan­i­sa­tion which will help drive Utec into new tech­no­log­i­cal and geo­graph­i­cal ar­eas.

“Utec con­tin­ues to be one of the largest global sur­vey­ing busi­nesses, with the ad­di­tion of more than 30 peo­ple to our on­shore and off­shore or­gan­i­sa­tion this year. To­gether with the new lead­er­ship team I look for­ward to build­ing on Utec’s global pres­ence, while re­main­ing fo­cused on pro­vid­ing our clients with a qual­ity service.”

Mr Goodyear, who pre­vi­ously headed up the Europe and Africa busi­ness unit, is mov­ing to Hous­ton to take over the role of busi- ness unit di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­cas.

He re­places Dave Ross, who has led the Hous­ton of­fice for the past decade and is now re­tir­ing from the busi­ness.

Mr Goodyear has worked for Utec for 10 years and is al­ready fa­mil­iar with oper­a­tions in Hous­ton, hav­ing pre­vi­ously held the role of gen­eral man­ager.

Mean­while, Mr Elm­slie and Mr Watt have been ap­pointed to lead oper­a­tions in Europe and Africa as joint busi­ness unit di­rec­tors.

Mr Elm­slie has been with Utec for seven years, work­ing on projects, oper­a­tions and later as busi­ness de­vel­op­ment lead in the com­pany’s Aus­tralian of­fice.

Ear­lier this year, he moved to Aberdeen and has spent the past six months as projects di­rec­tor for the Europe and Africa re­gion.

Mr Watt joined Utec last De­cem­ber in the role of global com­mer­cial man­ager, hav­ing worked else­where in Acteon Group for the past two years.

Utec has oper­a­tions in the UK and over­seas lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the US, Mex­ico, Canada, Ghana, Nige­ria, Aus­tralia, Brazil, Canada, In­done­sia, Nor­way, Sin­ga­pore and the Mid­dle East.

Nor­wich-based Acteon an­nounced its near£93mil­lion ac­qui­si­tion of the firm in Septem­ber 2014.

Acteon’s port­fo­lio of sub­sea busi­nesses also in­cludes Aquatic, Clax­ton, J2 Sub­sea, Seatron­ics and Team En­ergy Re­sources, all of which have links to the Aberdeen area.

Acteon is owned by US pri­vate eq­uity gi­ant KKR and has just two di­rec­tors – Mr Higham and fi­nance chief Kevin Oven­den – among its five-strong se­nior man­age­ment team.

Its com­pa­nies are in­volved at every stage in the life of an oil field. Ser­ica En­ergy said yes­ter­day the Ersk­ine field’s re­turn to pro­duc­tion had been de­layed un­til the end of this month.

The ex­plo­ration and pro­duc­tion com­pany had ex­pected to restart pro­duc­tion from the North Sea field on Septem­ber 13.

Out­put was sus­pended on July 31 for fa­cil­i­ties main­te­nance to be car­ried out.

The Ersk­ine field pro­duces via an un­manned plat­form, with pro­duc­tion be­ing con­trolled from the nearby Lomond in­stal­la­tion.

Lon­don-based Ser­ica said re­pairs still had to be com­pleted on Lomond, cur­rently op­er­ated by Shell.

Ser­ica also said the op­er­a­tor of the For­ties Pipe­line Sys­tem (FPS) had asked for ex­tra checks to be car­ried out af­ter a treat­ment used to clear wax de­posits in the Lomond to Ever­est pipe­line.

Ser­ica chair­man Tony Craven Walker added: “The mon­i­tor­ing re­quired by the FPS op­er­a­tor and the need to un­der­take cais­son re­pairs (on Lomond) af­fects the restart of Ersk­ine pro­duc­tion but is not ex­pected to ma­te­ri­ally af­fect for­ward pro­duc­tion plans.”

Pro­duc­tion from Ersk­ine was in­ter­rupted for six months in 2016 by a pipe­line block­age.

The shut-in contributed to a 23% drop in Ser­ica’s pre-tax prof­its, which to­talled £2.4mil­lion last year.

Al­ter­na­tive In­vest­ment Mar­ket-listed Ser­ica holds an 18% in­ter­est in Ersk­ine, 150miles east of Aberdeen. Chevron op­er­ates and owns 50%, while Shell has 32%.

Lomond will trans­fer to Chrysaor once its pur­chase of a pack­age of North Sea as­sets from Shell goes through.

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