Utec HQ leaves Houston for base in Granite City
Specialist makes new appointments as part of strategic review
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.