The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Aker hails Dyce sub­sea base

‘World-class ser­vice ca­pa­bil­ity’ tar­geted


Aker So­lu­tions UK coun­try man­ager Sian Lloyd Rees said yes­ter­day the £8 mil­lion spent on the firm’s re­ju­ve­nated sub­sea ser­vices base would help “build a world-class ser­vice ca­pa­bil­ity” in Aberdeen.

Speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing, Ms Lloyd Rees said the base in Dyce would al­low the com­pany to work in a more “flex­i­ble and ag­ile” man­ner as it looks to grow its sub­sea ca­pa­bil­ity.

She added: “We have a large in­stalled base here in the North Sea and what we want to do is look at how we evolve a more ag­ile and ver­sa­tile ser­vice.

“The North Sea is a ma­ture basin and we all know we need to work in a more dif­fer­ent, flex­i­ble and ag­ile way to en­sure we can main­tain the pro­duc­tion of off­shore as­sets and keep the in­dus­try vi­brant – to keep it oper­at­ing and very rel­e­vant in terms of oil and gas pro­duc­tion.”

The site up­grade al­lows Aker So­lu­tions to ex­tend its ser­vices be­yond sub­sea con­trols to in­clude sub­sea trees and tool­ing equip­ment.

Aker So­lu­tions’ in­vest­ment has paid for the in­stal­la­tion of new equip­ment, a re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of work space and im­ple­men­ta­tion of new tech­niques, help­ing im­prove ef­fi­ciency at the site.

At­tend­ing the open­ing, Oil and Gas UK chief ex­ec­u­tive Deirdre Michie said: “It’s very im­por­tant that com­pa­nies like Aker So­lu­tions con­tinue to in­vest in the north-east. Sub­sea is such a key part of the in­dus­try.

“It does give a re­in­force­ment of the con­fi­dence that we are start­ing to see in the (North Sea) basin.”

Aker So­lu­tions has been in the UK since 1982 and em­ploys about 2,500 peo­ple in Aberdeen, Read­ing and Lon­don, in­clud­ing about 200 at the base in Dyce.

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick ?? VI­SION: Sian Lloyd Rees, left, and Deirdre Michie.
Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick VI­SION: Sian Lloyd Rees, left, and Deirdre Michie.

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