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.