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EnerMech Completes Successful Recapitalisation

EnerMech, has completed a successful recapitalisation of the business. This has delivered a substantial debt reduction and provided a stable liquidity platform.

Following the successful recapitalisation, Charles Davison, Jr. will be joining EnerMech as the new Chief Executive Officer. After four years leading EnerMech, Christian Brown will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities and will provide support to Mr. Davison during a brief transition period.

Mr. Davison brings 25 years of experience in growing and transforming international businesses in oil and gas services, energy infrastructure, and industrial, consumer, and engineered products. He was previously Executive Vice President of Operational Excellence and Chief Operations Officer at Weatherford International plc. Prior to that, he was at Strike, LLC., where he served as President and CEO. He was also previously the Chief Operating Officer for Oceaneering International.

Mr. Davison said: “I am humbled and honoured for the opportunity to lead EnerMech and am eager to work alongside the Board, management team, suppliers, customers, and the talented global workforce at this pivotal point in the Company’s development.

“EnerMech is a recognised industry leader for its comprehensive portfolio, global footprint, extraordinary people, and customer relationships. These elements serve as a solid foundation for the Company to build upon.

“I look forward to leading EnerMech as we deliver on the considerable opportunities to drive disciplined growth and to build customer loyalty.”

Mr. Brown said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege leading outstanding colleagues and servicing our valuable customer base through the past four years. Together, we grew EnerMech’s business, entered new markets and built a world-class team positioning the Company strongly for the future and for the next phase of its journey. I wish EnerMech the very best for the future.”

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2024

Celebrating and promoting diversity across our workforce, every day of the year, in every country in which we operate, is fundamental to the way we run our business and to our long-standing commitment to equal opportunity.

Today, on International Women’s Day, we come together to celebrate and thank the women working across our operations whose contribution is integral to EnerMech’s success.

This year’s theme is “Inspire Inclusion” and here we shine a spotlight on just a few of these talented individuals whose skills and talent bring so much to us as a company and who are such excellent advocates for this year’s theme.

“The role and the contribution which women make to sectors such as ours, which have historically been recognized as male dominated, is celebrated through global events such as International Women’s Day and we are very pleased to be supporting this once more,” said Phil Ogden, chief HR officer.

“EnerMech has always been proactive in promoting the benefits of a diverse workforce, recognizing and applauding the richness, benefits, and advantages that this brings to our operations around the world, to our colleagues and to our clients.

“We are committed to providing equal chances to all, enabling our colleagues to build sustainable and satisfying career paths within EnerMech. We see this as crucial in not only retaining our talented personnel but in ensuring that our people have opportunities for their own personal development.”

 

Leigh Haynes, Australia

Leigh Haynes, our regional HR manager in Australia has been with the company for just over three years, initially as industrial relations manager before being promoted to her current role in December 2022.

In that time Leigh, who says her job satisfaction comes from achieving her goals and delivering a service that supports our operations, has enjoyed several career highlights.

As part of the Indigenous and Local Community Committee, she was involved in the coordination and execution of several initiatives and events which celebrate and support diversity inclusion; completed a mentoring programme with the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO); and has been involved in the successful implementation of our Employee Relations Strategy.

“Being given the opportunity to take on the regional HR manager role has been a significant opportunity for me. It has consolidated my experience, and being able to develop a team of strong individuals is important. The regional director for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region having faith in me, providing me with the opportunity and recognizing my abilities is important to me,” said Leigh.

“HR is such a broad and ever developing area and I would highly recommend it to others. I’d suggest that anyone who studies HR at university enters HR as a generalist to learn as much as possible, so they can identify the areas that interest them as they progress through their career.”

 

Julie Thorpe, New Zealand

Julie Thorpe, our financial controller in New Zealand moved over to become part of the EnerMech team following the acquisition of Stork Technical Services NZ in 2022.

Julie and her team are now responsible for all the financial functions of the New Zealand arm of the organisation. She’s also finance business partner to the EnerMech NZ management team and the liaison with Australia for regional reporting.

Julie said the main achievement to date from her time at EnerMech, was also her greatest challenge – implementing the transition from Stork financial systems to EnerMech financial systems. Having successfully achieved that, she values the opportunities that are now available to her since joining EnerMech.

“I enjoy continuous improvement and I am finding the leadership training provided by EnerMech interesting,” she said. “Finance is a good career choice and I’d recommend it to other women. The initial studies to qualify for a role such as this is available through extra mural learning. Having done that, it’s a role that offers the flexibility to work from home for part of the time.”

 

Nurshafiqah Binte Abdul Rahman, Singapore

Nurshafiqah Binte Abdul Rahman has worked as a workshop coordinator in Singapore for 18 months and says she gets a great deal of satisfaction through her work.

“I enjoy planning,” she said, “When tasks are delivered on schedule, especially when it’s urgent, it gives me the satisfaction that I have done a good job.

“What I love about EnerMech is that they send me on courses that I’m interested in. Last year, I enrolled in and passed a forklift course. The next two courses I’m attending will be on first aid and flange management.”

She said she would recommend her job to other women.

“Every day I learn new and different skills. For example, my colleagues have taught me a lot of aspects related to engineering.”

The best advice she’s ever had from another woman?

“Women may not be as physically strong as men, but a woman is just as capable as a man of doing jobs that are typically considered to be male jobs.”

 

Laura Moir, Europe

Laura Moir, Operations Manager – Training, UK, first joined EnerMech in 2012, working for four years in business development, before leaving to manage her own business. She returned to EnerMech in January 2022 in her current role.

In her position, which has a strong focus on safety, Laura said she gets the greatest job satisfaction from ensuring the safety of both clients and colleagues.

“I like to think that I contribute considerably to that through the work I do,” she said. “There are no safety shortcuts, and our courses are delivered by a hand-picked team that, like me, care greatly about our staff and clients and their long-term safety and success.

“I love what I do. I get excited about new opportunities and challenges at work and genuinely care about the success of our team, individually and as a whole. I have always felt valued in both my roles at EnerMech. I have a great manager who trusts me to use my own initiative, try new things and make time for my own personal development.

“It’s long been identified that a more diverse and inclusive workforce is a key priority for our industry,” said Laura. “I saw this quote recently and love it: ‘Women bring different leadership skills and backgrounds. It’s not a diversity of gender, it’s about the diversity of thought’.”

 

Anna DeRose USA

Anna DeRose joined EnerMech as technical manager – semiconductors six months ago and works across various locations in the US. When she entered the construction sector as a labourer 25 years ago, she said things were quite different and there weren’t many women working in construction.

“Times are now changing and being a woman in construction is becoming more common,” she said, “but when I first started in this field, I found myself working twice as hard to be given the same consideration as my male counterparts.

“My response was to always go the extra mile to make sure my work was above average and to build my reputation on this.”

It’s an approach and commitment which paid off. After completing her apprenticeship as a journeyman in plumbing, gas fitting and pipe fitting and gaining her welding certification on site, she has continued to add to her qualifications and accreditations.

With those, she has steadily climbed the career ladder to hold a variety of different roles including construction coordinator, general operations manager, superintendent, quality assurance supervisor and senior project manager.

She is now committed to supporting other women in their construction journey, in a large part through her involvement with Women in Construction (WIC), an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in construction, and through her volunteering projects.

“As a licenced plumber/welder I regularly get asked to give presentations and demonstrations at events,” said Anna. “I also volunteer and out teach programmes with K-12 students. It’s very hands on, the kids love it and I get a buzz from inspiring and mentoring.

“I have been in construction for 25 years and while there have been challenges, the good has always outweighed the bad. I have always been an advocate for WIC and will always be an advocate for any woman who wants to make the move into construction. The opportunities afforded to me and my family by being in this field are unmatched.”

Profile on Anna DeRose, Technical Manager

During this year’s Women in Construction (WIC) Week, taking place across the US, (3rd – 9th March) we celebrate and promote our colleagues operating in the industry. Now in its 26th year, the theme for 2024 Is ‘Keys to the Future’, looking at how females are shaping the sector to make it more inclusive and accessible for the next generation.

When Anna DeRose entered the construction industry as a labourer more than 25 years ago, she was very much a woman in a man’s world, both in her work environment and when she started her apprenticeship at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).

In the years since then, thanks to a combination of hard work, a determination to prove herself and simply being very good at her job, she has worked her way up the construction ladder to her current role as Technical Manager.

Most of her career has been spent working in semiconductors and she joined EnerMech in September, being headhunted from her previous role as a senior project manager. As a member of the management team, Anna’s new role includes providing all technical support to semiconductor projects in Arizona and New Mexico, working with client and partner organizations to ensure KPI’s are achieved, and developing execution strategies to continually improve delivery.

“I’ve previously worked on both the client and trade side of things, so this is like joining the dots and completing the triangle,” she said

“I had worked as a labourer for two years before the company I was working for put me into a four-year apprenticeship programme for plumbing, gas fitting, and pipe fitting at CNM through the Associated Builders and Contractors, (ABC),” she said, “I also got my welding certification on site.”

Anna’s third child was born just before she completed her apprenticeship and determined not to miss any of her final lessons, she took the baby to class with her when she was only a few days old. That didn’t go down particularly well with some male classmates, but her instructor said she had just as much right to be there as anyone else, and said if anyone had an issue with that, “there’s the door”.

Anna, who had the highest grade point average (GPA) in her class, is one of only three women to have graduated from CNM as a journeyman and to date, is still the only woman to have gained three journeyman licenses from the college. Since then, she’s gained many additional certifications, some semiconductor specific and others necessary industry standards. She’s also worked in hospitals and for the pharmaceuticals sector and has relevant welding certification for that sector.

After completing her apprenticeship she worked as a journeyman for about 12 years, moving on from there a variety of different roles including construction coordinator, general operations manager, superintendent, quality assurance supervisor and senior project manager.  During that time she worked in six states and in four countries outside the US – Singapore, Ireland, Malaysia and Costa Rica.

“I learned by trial and error, and I’ve had some great mentors and people who advocated for me,” said Anna. “But on the other side of the fence, I wasn’t always valued and was told I didn’t belong there.

“It was at that point I found my phoenix and decided to take every opportunity to learn new things, take any additional apprenticeship training or anything else to gain additional certifications and licenses.”

While more women are now entering the construction sector compared to when Anna started, they are still very underrepresented with WIC’s latest figures showing that only around 10 percent of all construction workers in the US are female.

Anna says she is committed to supporting women who are working in the industry – and to encouraging more females to consider it as a career route – that includes her little sister who joined EnerMech to train as a pipefitter.

“EnerMech now has six females working in semiconductors on site in New Mexico which is great. At the moment though there is no semiconductor apprenticeship available in the state. I’d like to help change and drive that, to do whatever needs to be done to help. I’m advocating for ABC to introduce an apprenticeship programme so that we can give these girls a platform to take their career forward.

“I’m always ready to provide mentoring support for them at any time and to lend a listening ear, because I didn’t have a female mentor when I started out.

“As a licensed plumber/welder I regularly get asked to give presentations and demonstrations at events. I also volunteer and out teach programmes with K-12 students. It’s very hands on, the kids love it and I get a buzz from inspiring and mentoring.

“I’ve also taught my own kids, Sebastian (19), Natalya (17) and Izabella (15) to weld. Along with my husband, they often come to help me with the set up at voluntary events and we make it a family thing with all of us getting involved.”

So what next for Anna?

“I still strive to be the best that I can be, and in doing that, create value for others and an environment that women want to be in.”

 

EnerMech extends training to new sectors with OPITO accreditations

EnerMech’s training centre in Aberdeen has achieved two additional OPITO global training accreditations, allowing the business to develop the skills and competencies of personnel working in lifting operations in any industry around the world.

The company’s dedicated facility was originally established to upskill the North Sea’s offshore workforce. It has been certified by the global energy skills body to deliver the Lift Planning training course and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) Competent Person assessment course.

The latest OPITO credentials actively support EnerMech’s growth in the construction, nuclear and clean energy markets.

The two organisations have a long-standing relationship, with EnerMech’s Great Yarmouth facility having accomplished its first accreditation circa 20 years ago. The Granite City followed with its first OPITO course over a decade ago. The business now delivers more than 38 OPITO approved courses around the world from its training bases in the UK, Qatar and Guyana.

While designed for offshore applications, the latest certifications are applicable to any industry where lifting operations are required and will actively support EnerMech’s growth in the construction, nuclear and clean energy markets.

Christian Brown EnerMech CEO said: “We are extremely pleased to be expanding our training offering to help upskill local workforces with global certifications which meet the needs of the construction, nuclear and clean energy sectors. We have been training personnel to OPITO’s standards for more than 20 years and fully recognise the importance for people to be trained to the same level to ensure everyone shares the same knowledge and understanding to remain vigilant and safe in the workplace to mitigate risk.

“These latest OPITO lifting related accreditations demonstrate our in-house capabilities to pass on these skills, and our ongoing commitment to supporting safe and reliable operations around the world.”

The new lifting programmes will be led by EnerMech’s highly experienced instructors, in line with OPITO’s high quality standards which have been rigorously applied to each course’s development.

Alex Spencer, Chief Operating Officer at OPITO, said: “OPITO is on a mission to develop a safe and skilled global energy workforce. Building on our long-standing collaboration with EnerMech, this is a positive addition to their Aberdeen facility’s portfolio of OPITO accreditations.

“Working in partnership with industry and our global network of approved training centres, we are committed to equipping our workforce with skills that are transferable across the integrated offshore energy sectors – which is essential to ensure a just and managed energy transition.”

EnerMech’s Aberdeen facility recently became one of only three facilities in Scotland to deliver Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) accredited Appointed Persons Moving Loads and Technical Test for Planning Lifting Operations courses.

The latest accreditations in Aberdeen complement the existing four OPITO courses already available, including Rigger Initial Training, Banksman Slinger Initial Training, Rigger Competence Assessment and Banksman Slinger Competence Assessment.

EnerMech’s Fast Track Expertise Safely Supports Progress of Vital LNG Projects

EnerMech, and its alliance partner Offshore Technical Services (OTS), have been instrumental in helping fast track the first phase of a major project to import liquified natural gas (LNG) to Germany as the country races to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

The high priority project at the Elbehafen LNG Import Terminal at the port of Brunsbüttel near Hamburg will bring greater energy security to the country and help alleviate the energy crisis in Europe. It is being fast-tracked as a solution to import large amounts of LNG to a country which had no direct access to the LNG market.

EnerMech OTS was awarded the contract by Worley for the provision of pre-commissioning, commissioning execution, start-up support and specialist services. It included flange management, N2 leak testing, boroscopic inspection for pipeline cleanliness and strength testing of the newly built temporary oil pipeline.

The requirement was for this phase to be completed within a timescale that was “as short as possible” and EnerMech’s extensive experience in handling fast-tracked projects worldwide ensured that the phase was completed with a 100% safety record.

A full commissioning team at Elbehafen will take the project from the construction mechanical completion stage through to operations handover, delivering enhanced continuity of planning execution, interface reduction and project delivery.

Worley, a key client of EnerMech, will deliver several projects for the LNG import terminals in Germany supported by the EnerMech / OTS alliance.  Formed in 2021, this alliance supports the execution of EnerMech’s large capital projects around the globe.

Phase one involved the construction of necessary technical infrastructure at an existing jetty at the port of Brunsbüttel to accommodate a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) commissioned by German multinational energy company RWE on behalf of the country’s government. Work on a dedicated new LNG import jetty is also proposed and expected to begin late 2023/early2024.

“Work on the first phase of this project has been a huge success which has already seen first gas come to site,” said Christian Brown, chief executive officer for EnerMech. “Fast-tracking a project requires the adequate planning and detailed execution to avoid problems, regardless of the reduced timescales involved.

“Adding to our fast-tracking capabilities, we brought our expertise in servicing the LNG industry at more than 20 facilities around the world to this campaign.

“As a result, the client praised the team for their technical knowledge but also for their ethos and approach to the project, saying we brought agility to Elbehafen, working under extraordinary time scales with a highly accelerated pace that was defined by a political requirement to get gas into the German energy system.

Hoegh Gannet, which will operate from the port, is one of two floating LNG tankers commissioned by RWE. It can take on up to 170,000 cubic metres of LNG from additional delivery tankers in a single unloading, converting it into a gaseous state which can then be fed into the national gas grid.

Eric Farrell, Head of Commissioning at EnerMech, who led the project said: “Teamwork is essential to ensure projects at an accelerated pace are delivered safely with communication, cooperation and coordination being the backbone of safe project delivery.

“The team’s fast-paced approach brought collaboration and early engagement to the fore and included coordination of contractors, sub-contractors and vendors. As a result, we safely completed this phase 100% incident free.

“The team championed a trust-based relationship with the client, saving management time and schedule time which enhanced the delivery of our technical services and achieved a common purpose and first gas.”

 

3t EnerMech named top international training provider at ECITB awards

It has been a night to remember for 3t EnerMech at the prestigious Engineering Construction Industry Training and Development Awards 2023.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Cutty Sark in London, the firm picked up the coveted ‘ECITB International Training Provider of the Year 2023 Award’.

3t EnerMech also collected the ‘Regional Winner for East Africa and the Rest of the World’ gong – it was announced last month that the training provider had won the prize for the second year in a row.

Organised by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), the awards celebrate and honour the brightest and best in the sector.

The judging panel take into account a number of factors when deciding on a winner.

As well as the number of people trained and the quality of training, they also consider equality and diversity, innovation and ambition, interaction with the ECITB and generally adding value within markets. 3t EnerMech was held up as an exemplar and the best overall internationally.

The company was established in 2021 as a joint venture between integrated solutions specialist provider EnerMech and 3t (Formerly 3t Energy Group), the leading provider of high-impact training and learning solutions to safety-critical industries The partnership delivers world-leading training and competency solutions encompassing a blend of traditional training, digital learning technologies and training compliance management platforms.

3t EnerMech has already established itself as a global player having become the only ECITB-approved training provider in Angola and Guyana. With its training centre of excellence set up in Georgetown (Guyana), the team is working closely with UK and national governments and other stakeholders to provide industry-approved safety and competency training requirements to East Africa’s growing offshore workforce, and has plans to extend these capabilities into other emerging regional industries.

Paul Attrill, Vice President of Sales at 3T EnerMech said: “After the delight of being named the ECITB’s regional training provider for the second year running, receiving the top international award is really the icing on the cake. It is a real privilege, and we would like to thank the judging panel for the recognition of our work delivering training excellence throughout East Africa, South America, and the rest of the world.

“3t EnerMech is committed to ensuring that the oil and gas regions of the globe can access the training needed to create a highly skilled, local, competent and safe workforce ready to progress projects as soon as they are needed.

“ECITB standards and procedures are world-class so to be recognised as the best of the best by this organisation is a great honour and one we intend to build upon.”

ECITB chief executive Andrew Hockey said: “Huge congratulations to 3t EnerMech on not only being named International Training Provider of the Year, but also scooping the regional prize for a second year running.

“The award recognises its consistent delivery of high-quality training and collaborative working.

“Along with our other winners on the night, 3t EnerMech has exemplified the talent, innovation, resilience and endeavour that our industry holds in such high regard, setting standards to which we all aspire.

“It was wonderful to be in the same room to celebrate all that is great about training and development in our industry with so many partners and friends representing organisations from across the length and breadth of the UK and internationally.

“I’d also like to extend a huge thanks to Petrotekno for sponsoring this award, of which they were winners last year.”

3t EnerMech Bags Global Gong for Second Year Running at Top Engineering Awards

3t EnerMech has secured the ‘Regional Winner for East Africa and the Rest of the World’ title in the Engineering Construction Industry Training and Development Awards for the second year in a row.

Arranged by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), the prestigious accolade recognizes and celebrates the very best of the global engineering construction industry.

The ceremony itself will take place on Thursday, 2nd November at the Cutty Sark in London, when a number of other honors will be presented.

A raft of factors are considered by the judging panel when picking a winner, including the number of people trained, the quality of training, equality and diversity, innovation and ambition, interaction with the ECITB and generally adding value within its markets. 3t EnerMech was acknowledged as the very best training provider in its region.

Established in 2021, 3t EnerMech is a joint venture between integrated solutions specialist provider EnerMech and 3t (formerly 3t Energy Group), the leading provider of high-impact training and learning solutions to safety-critical industries.

Together this alliance delivers world-leading training and competency solutions encompassing a blend of traditional training, digital learning technologies and training compliance management platforms.

3t EnerMech has already made its mark on the global stage  as the exclusive ECITB-approved training provider in  three of the world’s key oil and gas frontiers, Angola, Namibia and Guyana.

As part of that the firm has established a training center of excellence in Guyana, and is working with the UK and national Governments and organizations to shape future training requirements for East Africa’s growing workforce, as well as looking to expand these opportunities to other emerging regional markets.

Paul Attrill, Vice President of Sales at 3T EnerMech said: “To win the regional award for the second-year running is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the excellent work of our staff. We are incredibly grateful to the judging panel for choosing 3t EnerMech and recognizing our outstanding efforts in delivering training excellence throughout East Africa and the rest of the world.

“There are several regions across the globe that are quickly establishing themselves as new oil and gas hotspots, and we want to ensure they are fully prepared by developing a highly skilled, local, competent and safe workforce ready to progress projects as soon as they are needed.

“ECITB standards and procedures are world-class so to be recognized as the best of the best by this organization is a great honor and attests to the brilliant work carried out by the 3t EnerMech team.”

EnerMech names New Zealand General Manager and Country Lead

Global technical solutions and services specialist EnerMech has appointed Rhys Humphries as General Manager and Country Lead for the New Zealand arm of the business. His key focus is to continue to work collaboratively with current clients and expand the company’s increasingly diverse portfolio in the region.

Based in New Plymouth, Taranaki born and raised, Rhys has joined EnerMech from NZ Corrosion Services Ltd, where he was CEO.

With over 35 years’ industry experience, including senior roles at DIALOG Fitzroy Engineering Group and L&M Energy, his well-rounded expertise has been honed throughout a career which includes project management, green and brownfield engineering, operations management, maintenance management, construction and commissioning.

In his new position, Rhys will oversee more than 60 employees across the North and South Islands from Whangarei to Invercargill.

He commented: “I am thrilled to be at the helm of this division and support the strategic growth plans for the business. EnerMech New Zealand is full of exceptionally talented people and I have enjoyed getting to know everyone better over the past few months.

“With so many new projects already in the pipeline, it’s an exciting time to come on board. EnerMech has a great reputation for effectively responding to client issues with integrated action plans. With well resourced interconnected service lines to leverage, the company is in a very unique position to deliver solutions which reduce campaign complexities and mitigate risk, while promoting safety and integrity.”

In December last year, EnerMech acquired Stork New Zealand & Australia, strengthening the organisation’s ability to provide a scalable rapid response across the full asset life cycle to multiple end markets. The additional skills, competence and technologies also boosted its localised integrity management and industrial services as well as more niche heat treatment projects.

Garry Ford, EnerMech regional director for Asia Pacific added: “Last year’s acquisition extended our footprint into New Zealand for the first time and consolidated our core capabilities with a 40-year track record of integrity management services. It has therefore been a priority to attract a leader of Rhys’ calibre to accelerate our next growth phase while continuing to foster our safety culture across all our diverse operations for reliable project delivery.

“EnerMech’s reputation has been built on relationships and trust. With Rhys’ strong track record for motivating high performance teams, we are confident the combination of this with his business acumen and commitment, will see our ambitions for the region become a reality.”

EnerMech was established in 2008 and provides critical asset support across the full life cycle to multiple end markets including oil and gas, LNG semiconductors, nuclear and clean energy.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY 2023: EMPOWERING A DIVERSE WORKFORCE

The global energy transition continues to accelerate, fueled by innovative thinking and new solutions. Greater diversity and inclusion are key to creating the right environment for this innovation to thrive.

As we move into a new era of clean energy, the energy industry looks very different today than it did in the past.  Engineering roles that were historically male dominated are increasingly seeing greater female representation.

At EnerMech we are committed to developing and growing a diverse and inclusive global workforce. To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2023 and its theme of ‘Making Safety Seen’, project engineer Jennie Moir shares her experiences of this evolution, and how EnerMech is looking to support a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the future.

Joining our cranes and lifting department in 2019, Jennie was at the time the only female team member. Despite this fact, she says she has never felt out of place. Having recently returned from maternity leave, she is on a mission to encourage and inspire more women into engineering and show young people starting out in their engineering journeys the value of safety in the workplace.

How did you start your career in engineering?

“While at secondary school I attended a Motor Vehicle Technology course, which was run in collaboration with the school. I was the only female taking part but was never treated differently from my male peers. During the training, I completed work experience at the Land Rover factory. This was a fantastic opportunity as it exposed me to so many different areas of engineering and manufacturing, it really opened my eyes to what a diverse career in engineering could offer. I knew I wanted to pursue it as a profession and went on to achieve my master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Aberdeen. After graduating, it was my goal to work in the energy industry as I knew there were so many opportunities to work in both onshore and offshore, which also really appealed to me.”

How do you and your team prioritize safety in the workplace?

“I’m extremely proud of the safety culture at EnerMech, which encourages continuous improvement within all of our operations everywhere in the world. Safety as a core value is emphasized in every aspect of the work we carry out. It’s important to me that all our colleagues understand their right to stop a job if they feel something is unsafe and we empower our team to speak up if they feel uncomfortable. None of our work environments are a place where you can treat safety and wellbeing lightly.”

How do you use your position as a platform to teach less experienced colleagues the value of safety in the workplace?

“We typically get new team members involved in as much of the day-to-day running of the department as early as we can to give them a strong understanding of the challenges and associated potential risks which accompany our work. We also encourage junior staff to write EnerMech Work Observation Cards. This is part of our behavior-based safety program that uses observation reports to mitigate risk by correcting unsafe behavior or work-place hazards. When there are multiple projects running at once, in my role, it could be easy to become complacent, but we work hard to build an environment where everyone understands the value of safety to ensure our standards never slip.”

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

“Co-founding the Women in Engineering Society during my time at university was a great accomplishment and something I can look back at and know I made a real difference. Securing university affiliation for the group allowed us to run career sessions which provided other young women with a gateway into the STEM related industry. I’m so passionate about encouraging females into engineering and highlighting the diverse career opportunities it offers, so I’m very proud to have played a role in supporting other women to achieve their goals.”

What advice do you have for other women interested in entering a career in engineering?

“I know it can be daunting as a female entering what has previously been considered a male-centric workforce, but times are changing. I’m fortunate that since starting with EnerMech, I have never been treated any differently because of my gender. The mindset around engineering is not where it was even a few years ago; we are all driven by the same goal, and I don’t believe any of my colleagues notice or care if you are male or female. What’s most important is doing a great job, working together as a team and supporting each other to get tasks completed safely and on time to meet and exceed our client’s expectations.”

EnerMech And TSI Form Strategic Joint Venture To Accelerate Asia Pacific Growth

EnerMech, a leading global specialist in delivering technical solutions for complex projects has entered a strategic joint venture (JV) with PT. Titian Servis Indonesia (TSI), an integrated turn around services firm with deep local expertise in Indonesia’s oil and gas sector. This collaboration marks an important milestone in EnerMech’s expansion strategy and underscores its commitment to establishing a strong presence in the Asia Pacific market.

The partnership aims to deliver an innovative and scalable business solution that caters to the unique demands of the region with a focus on enhancing operational efficiency, quality and optimization utilization of EnerMech’s global resources and supply chain.

The two businesses have worked together on various projects since early 2022. The new entity, which will operate under the name ‘EnerMech Titian JVA’, will leverage EnerMech’s extensive global expertise across its specialist service lines, cutting-edge technology and equipment fleet, combined with TSI’s intimate understanding of the Indonesian market, its local capabilities, and industry experience.

To ensure its current and future employees meet and share the same globally recognized standards for skills and competency, world-class training solutions provider 3t EnerMech has been engaged to help upskill its Indonesian personnel to become accredited trainers.

With bases in Jakarta and Batam its workforce, which include a number of local hires, is headed up by EnerMech’s regional director for Asia Pacific, Garry Ford. He said: “We are thrilled to officially join forces with TSI and establish a strong presence in Indonesia through this strategic JV. Our collaboration represents a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering excellence across all the sectors and country’s we operate in, as well as contributing to economic development. As well as having access to our global pool of talent, we will also be training the local workforce through 3t EnerMech to ensure we have more accredited trainers to be able to deliver the training courses locally also.

“TSI has proven to be a trusted partner and by combining strengths, we are creating a powerful synergy that will enable us to deliver unparalleled value to our clients in the Asia Pacific market.”

Tanta Tarigan, managing director from TSI said: “We have a shared vision with EnerMech to drive innovation and foster sustainable growth across Indonesia and the wider the Asia Pacific region. Through this partnership and training support for the locals on our team, we aim to establish a global benchmark for project execution and delivery while further solidifying our positions as leaders in our respective fields. The new partnership delivers a truly differentiated experience for our clients.”

Hydrogen: Fuelling Tomorrow’s Green Energy

Hydrogen plays a pivotal role in shaping our clean energy future and to meet the Paris Agreement target, uptake of the gas needs to triple to meet 15% of energy demand by mid-century. The adoption of H2 is a vital solution to support these global decarbonisation goals and there are endless opportunities to develop this important energy source.

Alex Lechner, business development executive, discussed how the adoption of H2 is a vital solution to support these global decarbonisation goals and the endless opportunities available to develop this important energy source.

He said: “At EnerMech, as we operate across the full project life cycle, within the sector, we are witnessing a rising number of large, global operators actively investing in hydrogen as they increasingly realise the value of its application.

“Pilot projects to support the scale-up of hydrogen rely heavily on funding and it has been encouraging to see a number of government-backed initiatives implemented to support this regionally, from the United States Inflation Reduction Act to Australia’s Hydrogen Head start. However, there are still significant opportunities for private investment which remain untapped which are essential to driving the sector forward and supporting the infrastructure and technology required to accelerate the application of hydrogen.”

There are challenges which the industry must first overcome which prevent this from being a straight road to success. While hydrogen has been present in oil refineries for decades, the commercialisation of the gas is still in its relative infancy. With only a small number of major projects, there are few economies of scale.

Alex continued: “The hydrogen sector also requires specialist personnel. Many skills from traditional energy markets are transferrable, and this is why EnerMech can operate cross-sector with ease in an integrated way. However, there is still significant work to do in developing a workforce to meet this demand.”

EnerMech has a proven track record of successfully supporting several hydrogen projects globally, particularly in Australia. The firm recently completed a significant installation and pre-commissioning contract in the region for one of Asia Pacific’s first direct Methylcyclohexane (MCH) hydrogen pilot plants. The development will use renewable energy to generate hydrogen, with toluene mixed instantly to create MCH.

As the energy transition accelerates, H2 offers exponential opportunities for the traditional energy sector to apply its expertise to this thriving market. Alex said: “In the next 10 years, I hope to see hydrogen adopted as a common, domestic energy source globally. This requires significant global efforts, greater collaboration between operators and the supply chain, as well as trust building with the general public, which I firmly believe can be achieved as we strive towards this common goal to support a cleaner energy future.”

EnerMech Strengthens In India With Key Appointments

EnerMech has unveiled its renewed focus on resources and services in India which will be spearheaded by two new senior hires in country.

Rahul Dalela was appointed last year to head up its in-country operations as General Manager, and Chetan Mistry has joined as Head of Finance, Accounts and Shared Services.

The organisation is bolstering its capabilities as part of its strategic objectives to consolidate and extend its shared services team’s expertise across the organisation’s 48 global locations to support its growing orderbook as it expands into new geographies and new end markets.

Established in 2012 with nine employees, EnerMech’s ‘shared services’ team has become an instrumental part of the company’s engineering offering globally. It also acts as a central hub for business services and IT support to the wider global organisation. With a current headcount of circa 200, the firm saw an 84% headcount growth in 2022, with an initial focus on the semiconductor and manufacturing sector wins.

It has also committed to a long-term lease for office space at Sahar Plaza Complex, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai.

Rahul joined EnerMech from HSBC where he served for nine years. A qualified chartered and management accountant, he brings over 25 years of progressive experience, with tenures in Bangalore and Kolkata. He has led and implemented multiple streamlining initiatives which resulted in notable efficiencies and cost savings for his business streams across India and Sri Lanka.

Chetan, a seasoned entrepreneur, joined the business early this year bringing 20 years of experience in business management, operational planning and revenue generation. Chetan has been actively involved in EnerMech India since inception handling finance and setting up the shared services in the initial stages.

Rahul commented: “EnerMech has built its success on being able to maintain a high-quality service delivery wherever it operates. When I joined, the initial focus for additional engineering recruitment in India was to bolster the team with piping specialists to work on semiconductor-related projects for the manufacturing industry. Since then, we have also grown our process, pipeline and umbilical engineering team to provide a fast-response deployment team to aid global campaign requirements in key sectors such as infrastructure, energy, and heavy industries.

“We are also building out the business support team with a number of new full-time members, as part of our business integration strategy. We have hired Finance and IT specialists to enhance our centralised round-the-clock cross-functional unit, delivering further efficiencies across the business.

“I am honoured to be part of the leadership team within EnerMech delivering continually improving support to our clients.”

Christian Brown, CEO EnerMech, said: “The Mumbai office was set up 11 years ago and the positive impact the engineering, business support services and IT teams have had on our organisation is undeniable. We are a progressive and employee focussed company and we plan to fortify our offering worldwide by capitalising on the talent pool, systems and shared capabilities in India.

“EnerMech strives to consistently deliver a reliable, high-quality service to our customers that is both cost-effective and competitive. These areas of increased competence and investment in working practices ensure we can scale up our operations and with Rahul at the helm, supported by Chetan, we have the utmost confidence this continues to be assured.”

EnerMech Wins Five-year £12 Million Contract With TotalEnergies EP Congo

Integrated solutions specialists EnerMech has been awarded a five-year multi-million contract by TotalEnergies EP Congo for crane and lifting maintenance at a new facility to be built at Pointe-Noire, the second largest city in Congo.

The work scope will include specific maintenance of crane and lifting equipment, and onshore and offshore parts supply for three offshore sectors which include Likouf and Nkossa. The agreement also includes riser pulling systems, mooring and tensioning systems.

EnerMech has established a new entity, EnerMech Congo, to carry out the work and has sub-contracted a local Congolese company, Congo Services, to assist in the delivery.

The company is recruiting local Congolese personnel in onshore contract support roles with experienced local maintenance crew personnel being provided by the sub-contractor. The new facility at Pointe-Noire will benefit the area through the establishment of an additional lasting technical provision and local employment opportunities.

EnerMech has previously worked with TotalEnergies SE on projects across the African continent and has also worked in Congo, on contract to Technip on the Moho Nord project.

Steve Swanson, Vice President, Africa for EnerMech said: “We have a well-established relationship with TotalEnergies which goes back many years. We’re very pleased that they continue to see the value of the trusted and experienced service that we provide and chose EnerMech to work with them on this new project in Congo.”

Paul Cockerill, Regional Director for Africa, Middle East & Caspian added “EnerMech has been very successful in securing new, and retaining, existing cranes and lifting, operations and maintenance contracts, as well as extension of existing frame agreements, in a number of locations in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Caspian, and Asia.

“This is due to many factors including delivery of well thought out execution plans, with a highly detailed focus on solution delivery and, more importantly, our safety culture, and to our highly qualified project management, Contract Support Engineers and project engineers who bring their own expertise and many years of industry experience.

“We are committed to not only adhering to, but exceeding, local content requirements through engagement of our global network of Subject Matter Experts with minimal ex-pat project resourcing and we have a highly successful, proactive regional employee training and development plan. Where possible, as is the case here with Congo Services, we engage in-country subcontractors and utilize local supply chains.”

EnerMech delivers pipeline and subsea solutions to Absheron ESP in Azerbaijan

“With an integrated approach to resolving our clients’ project challenges, EnerMech is fast becoming the chosen partner for specialist technical solutions around the globe. Hiring local talent to boost our centralised AMEC team of pipeline and subsea commissioning specialists has played an integral role in the successful delivery of a major scope for the business in Azerbaijan.” says Dan Collins

We are very proud to announce the completion of a significant pipeline and subsea services campaign for the Absheron Early Production Scheme (EPS) for Joint Operating Company of Absheron Petroleum (JOCAP).

Our team of over 25 specialists, of which more than 90% were local Azerbaijan hires, successfully delivered piping commissioning services and dewatering services of a 12” subsea flowline pipeline. With zero incidents reported, the three year campaign was delivered on schedule with zero non-productive time. This accomplishment reflects our company’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

The Absheron gas-condensate field is situated in the Caspian Sea, approximately 100km southeast of Baku, and started production under the Early Production Scheme (EPS) stage in July (2023). The 50/50 joint venture between SOCAR and TotalEnergies is overseen by JOCAP and has a production capacity of four million m3 of gas and 12 thousand barrels of condensate per day. The gas is expected to be sold in the domestic market of Azerbaijan, contributing to energy security with a sustainable solution.

The EPS phase involves the connection of the subsea production well to a new gas processing platform, which is linked to SOCAR’s existing facilities at the Oil Rocks. This is the first remotely controlled platform in the Caspian.

For the commissioning scope, we successfully delivered full high-pressure nitrogen and bolt torque/tensioning spreads. Additionally, for the dewatering phase, we mobilised a comprehensive spread consisting of:

A staggering 20,000,000 standard cubic feet of nitrogen was produced and pumped into the pipeline.

Throughout the campaign, the JOCAP project management team expressed their utmost appreciation for our responsiveness and professionalism.

EnerMech’s regional director for Africa, Middle East & Caspian, Paul Cockerill, added: “We would like to express our gratitude to JOCAP for entrusting us with this important project and for their constant support throughout. Our successful delivery is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team, our innovative technology solutions, as well as the strong partnerships we have forged with our client and stakeholders.

“EnerMech is fully committed to delivering exceptional pipeline and subsea commissioning services, by maintaining the highest safety standards, and contributing to the growth and development of the local talent we employ. This project directly benefitted from this ongoing strategy which also fosters a collaborative environment, promoting knowledge transfer and sustainable development in the communities we operate in.”

EnerMech Boosts Training Services With ECITB Accreditations

EnerMech has bolstered its lifting and rigging training services offering through its latest industry accreditations from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). The approvals further support the integrated solutions specialist’s continued expansion into the renewable, nuclear and construction sectors.

The company’s Aberdeen training facility secured certification from the ECITB for its Appointed Persons Moving Loads (AMPL),TAP 01 Technical Test for Planning Lifting Operations and TML 03 Technical Test for moving loads. It is one of the three facilities in Scotland to offer the accredited training.

The ECITB is the employer-led skills, standards and qualifications organisation for the engineering construction industry in the UK.

The business successfully met the strict criteria to achieve the qualifications, demonstrating its course materials encompassed the specific learning outcomes set in the ECITB standards with the ability to conduct a full range of lifting simulations and practical tasks.

The course delivery will be led by EnerMech’s highly experienced instructors, in line with the ECITB’s quality standards which have been rigorously applied to course development.

The latest accreditations complement EnerMech’s existing ECITB approvals in the UK for Mechanical Joint Integrity and Small Bore Tubing Training and Technical tests.

The company also holds approvals from the awarding body’s international arm, ECITB Global, in Singapore, Australia and Azerbaijan in support of its international client base. This is in addition to exclusive ECITB global agreements in Angola and Guyana through the 3t EnerMech joint venture.

Christian Brown EnerMech CEO said: “These latest ECITB accreditations achieved by our Aberdeen-based training team reinforces our position as a leading lifting operations training provider. As we continue to diversify out with the traditional energy sector, the ECITB qualifications will be key to expanding our footprint in the nuclear, construction and engineering industries. We are already seeing significant demand for these specialist courses.

“We continue to recognise the changing needs of the sectors we operate in. With a growing skills gap evident in the UK as the energy transition continues, we understand that quality, accessible training is essential to driving a more skilled, competent, and therefore safe workforce. We look forward to expanding our portfolio even further as we work closely with the ECITB to bring the highest level of training around the globe.”

Andrew Hockey, CEO at the ECITB, said: “We are delighted EnerMech has added the APML training and testing to its portfolio of training programmes. This training arms workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfil the role of an Appointed Person to plan and manage moving loads, including slinging operations.  This is essential to site safety.”

EnerMech Secures Five-Year Offshore Cranes Contract in New Geography

In a first for the business, EnerMech has been awarded a five-year contract to provide its specialist offshore crane operation and maintenance services in Malaysia – a first for the firm in Asia.

EnerMech’s global team of crane operators, mechanics, inspectors, and technicians, are being deployed to the region to provide crane operations and maintenance services across several offshore assets. They will transfer and competency train a number of qualified local personnel from the incumbent’s workforce into its employment to provide consistent project support for the client.

The specialist technical solutions firm is also looking to hire new talent within the region to supplement the delivery of the contract.

Christian Brown, chief executive officer at EnerMech, said: “As we continue with our strategic growth plans around the world, securing this long-term contract in Asia with a client we support in other areas, plays a key part in our progression. It underlines how our integrated technical solutions, complemented by our collaborative approach with clients, are being recognised and more sought after than our competitors.”

Garry Ford, EnerMech’s regional director for Asia Pacific, added: “Our strong track record and understanding of this client’s operations combined with our global crane experience ensures we are ideally positioned to provide an optimised technical solution to support each campaign across all assets covered in this new contract.

“Bringing EnerMech’s safety culture is core to each campaign. As we transition many of the existing Malaysian team into our own work pool and look to add further new recruits from the local community, we will be providing incentives to retain employees as well as competency training. We are fully committed to developing talent on our doorstep and offering sustainable career opportunities in country.

With operations across the globe, EnerMech’s cranes and lifting division has supported several key industries over the past 40 years. As well as the oil and gas sector, it also supports LNG, hi-tech, nuclear, and clean energy. Its nine interconnected specialist service lines provide integrated technical solutions which reduce project complexities across the full asset life-cycle for its global clientele.

3t EnerMech Supports OMNI Helicopters With Vital Industry Recruitment Campaign in Guyana

ODITC, the joint venture between 3t EnerMech, Guyana-based Orinduik Development Incorporated, and Windsor Technologies, has provided its industry-leading assessment and training facilities to aid OMNI Helicopters with its local Search and Rescue (SAR) recruitment process.

Supporting the region’s sole helicopter operator the ODITC Centre of Excellence Georgetown facilitated a group of candidates with swimming assessments, their ability to use lifesaving equipment and perform an effective escape from the Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer (HUET).  Ten individuals were assessed on their performance during the exercises based on the vital role of rescue swimmers, as well as the winch person inside the helicopter, with the aim to recruit eight full time roles.

Alan Sharp, General Manager, ODITC, said: “These important assessment and training exercises for OMNI Helicopters highlight and reinforce the positive impact our state-of-the-art facility offers the local workforce and fast-growing oil and gas sector in Guyana. It is an honor to be selected  to partner with OMNI to support the organization’s recruitment and growth which in turn boosts in-country skills, safety training and leading industry standards for the sector.”

Peter Gay, Country Manager, OMNI said ¨We are very pleased to be able to utilize the ODITC facilities to assess the candidates as part of the selection process as they begin their journey with OMNI Helicopters to support the offshore sector in Guyana.”

Delivering OPITO-accredited training to oil and gas workers, ODITC was established to help facilitate the growing demand for new oil and gas talent within the region via the ODITC Centre of Excellence.

3t EnerMech is a joint venture between 3t Energy Group (provider of world-class training and innovative workforce development technologies and solutions), and EnerMech (a global specialist service and technical solutions company).

International Women In Engineering Day 2023: Empowering A Diverse Workforce

As the global energy transition continues to accelerate, fueled by innovative thinking and new solutions, greater diversity and inclusion are key to creating the right environment for this innovation to thrive.

As we move into a new era of clean energy, the energy industry looks very different today than it did in the past.  Engineering roles that were historically male dominated are increasingly seeing greater female representation.

At EnerMech we are committed to developing and growing a diverse and inclusive global workforce. To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2023 and its theme of ‘Making Safety Seen’, project engineer Jennie Moir shares her experiences of this evolution, and how EnerMech is looking to support a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the future.

Joining our cranes and lifting department in 2019, Jennie was at the time the only female team member. Despite this fact, she says she has never felt out of place. Having recently returned from maternity leave, she is on a mission to encourage and inspire more women into engineering and show young people starting out in their engineering journeys the value of safety in the workplace.

How did you start your career in engineering?

“While at secondary school I attended a Motor Vehicle Technology course, which was run in collaboration with the school. I was the only female taking part but was never treated differently from my male peers. During the training, I completed work experience at the Land Rover factory. This was a fantastic opportunity as it exposed me to so many different areas of engineering and manufacturing, it really opened my eyes to what a diverse career in engineering could offer. I knew I wanted to pursue it as a profession and went on to achieve my master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Aberdeen. After graduating, it was my goal to work in the energy industry as I knew there were so many opportunities to work in both onshore and offshore, which also really appealed to me.”

How do you and your team prioritise safety in the workplace?

“I’m extremely proud of the safety culture at EnerMech, which encourages continuous improvement within all of our operations everywhere in the world. Safety as a core value is emphasised in every aspect of the work we carry out. It’s important to me that all our colleagues understand their right to stop a job if they feel something is unsafe and we empower our team to speak up if they feel uncomfortable. None of our work environments are a place where you can treat safety and wellbeing lightly.”

How do you use your position as a platform to teach less experienced colleagues the value of safety in the workplace?

“We typically get new team members involved in as much of the day-to-day running of the department as early as we can to give them a strong understanding of the challenges and associated potential risks which accompany our work. We also encourage junior staff to write EnerMech Work Observation Cards. This is part of our behaviour-based safety program that uses observation reports to mitigate risk by correcting unsafe behaviour or work-place hazards. When there are multiple projects running at once, in my role, it could be easy to become complacent, but we work hard to build an environment where everyone understands the value of safety to ensure our standards never slip.”

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

“Co-founding the Women in Engineering Society during my time at university was a great accomplishment and something I can look back at and know I made a real difference. Securing university affiliation for the group allowed us to run career sessions which provided other young women with a gateway into the STEM related industry. I’m so passionate about encouraging females into engineering and highlighting the diverse career opportunities it offers, so I’m very proud to have played a role in supporting other women to achieve their goals.”

What advice do you have for other women interested in entering a career in engineering?

“I know it can be daunting as a female entering what has previously been considered a male-centric workforce, but times are changing. I’m fortunate that since starting with EnerMech, I have never been treated any differently because of my gender. The mindset around engineering is not where it was even a few years ago; we are all driven by the same goal, and I don’t believe any of my colleagues notice or care if you are male or female. What’s most important is doing a great job, working together as a team and supporting each other to get tasks completed safely and on time to meet and exceed our client’s expectations.”

EnerMech Continues to Grow on Angola LNG Creating 250 Roles

Integrated solutions specialists EnerMech has strengthened its footprint in the LNG market after securing four contracts with Angola LNG Limited (ALNG). As a result, the business has completed a recruitment drive to secure a significant number of Angolan nationals to support across the projects.

The business will deliver an extensive three-year general maintenance contract to ensure the ongoing safety and efficiency of the plant.

Work is underway and progressing on the maintenance scope, with 87 of EnerMech’s specialist team delivering daily mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and plant operation support – 86% of whom are Angolan, a significant achievement in EnerMech’s drive for Nationalisation. The contract encompasses routine maintenance and engineering tasks, plus extensive training programmes and other services, that safeguard the technical and general integrity of the plant, whilst driving safety and environmental performance.

The clutch of awards also comprised of the provision of three specialist contracts including catalyst handling, high pressure water-blasting, and inspection services in preparation for ALNG’s 2022 shutdown campaign at Soyo, Angola.

In support of ALNG’s shutdown campaign, EnerMech supplied an additional 163 personnel to carry out inspection, maintenance, high pressure water-blasting and cleaning of 13 on-site exchangers and leak testing, in addition to specialist tower and vessel internal inspection services.

The shutdown was completed for the three specialist contracts, with zero incidents in a safe and timely manner as planned to meet ALNG’s expectations.

Christian Brown, chief executive officer for EnerMech said: “As we continue to increase our footprint in the LNG market, this partnership with ALNG demonstrates that we have the expertise and capabilities to provide a full scope of services required by industry operators.

“Winning this new business is testament to our unified approach, with our teams across Australia, Europe, and AMEC (Africa, Middle East & Caspian) working together to combine our vast LNG experience in Australia with our local knowledge in Angola to secure the work. We are people driven business with a wealth of talent and knowledge and a strong supportive culture. Our shared goals with ALNG of creating a responsible, caring, and safe partnership is what makes this relationship unique and durable.

“We are continuing to challenge the traditional contracting models, specifically around reducing contractors’ footprint, and this approach is proving successful as we accelerate our growth, utilising our strong reputation, global workforce, and extensive service offering. Over recent months, we have increased our offering in the LNG sector, and we expect this to increase further as existing maintenance contracts are renewed.”

 

Ian Spenceley Appointed to Key Role

Focus is on developing specialist O&M and Asset and Integrity services to global markets 

EnerMech has appointed senior industry leader Ian Spenceley as Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and Asset Management Director as it continues to develop its specialist integrity and technical services globally, to offer integrated solutions as part of its full asset life-cycle support.

With more than 30 years’ oil and gas experience, Ian’s addition to the senior leadership team will add further weight to the organization’s asset integrity management, O&M and shutdown and turnaround (TAR) capabilities.

The company is in a period of rapid growth as it increases its foothold in new and existing markets as it furthers its diversification strategy into new sectors including marine, renewable energy and infrastructure.

Based in the UK and reporting directly into Carl Mook, Regional Director for Europe, Ian will also play a key strategic client facing role, identifying areas where the business can bring additional value to its clients. Initially this will involve the introduction and application of new smart processes, technologies, innovation, systems and strategic specialist partnering solutions to support further efficiencies and maximize investment.

From a marine and mechanical engineering background including time as a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy, Ian has vast senior leadership and operational experience in the upstream, downstream petrochemical, refining, and asset management industries.

He has worked around the globe in the UK, the Philippines, Sakhalin Island, Oman/UAE, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Africa for major integrated oil and gas companies. This included bp, Shell, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Woodside and SOCAR, where he managed and led large complex functional and regional project and operational teams in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

On taking up the role, Ian said: “EnerMech is forging ahead with its ambitious growth and diversification strategy which makes this a very exciting time to join the company. I’m very pleased that the major projects, operations and maintenance, assurance expertise and experience I’ve developed in previous roles, including those as senior SIA (Shell Internal Auditor) and head of internal investigation for PDO for many years will support the company as it moves to new markets and geographies.”

Regional Director, Carl Mook, said: “Ian’s expertise and breadth and depth of knowledge will be pivotal in taking EnerMech to the next level as we continue our programme of extending our global reach and further developing our asset and integrity management, operations and maintenance and TAR capabilities across new and existing markets.

“Our strategic approach as we seek to expand is to bring further value to our clients, simplifying complex multi-phase campaigns through the delivery of integrated solutions. With Ian’s background and experience, he is ideally placed to lead our team and help keep our clients’ assets running safely and productively.”

Corry Sutherland Shortlisted for Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Award

EnerMech’s Corry Sutherland has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Military Values in Business Award at this year’s prestigious Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards, which are being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow on Tuesday, 18th April.

Launched in 2017, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the world’s largest celebration of military veterans who have transitioned into second careers. This year’s event, which will be raising funds for SSAFA- the Armed Forces charity, will be hosted by Sally Magnusson.

Corry, whose career with the global integrated solutions specialist spans back to 2017 as a business development manager in Aberdeen, has been recognized for exhibiting and applying military virtues and values to his role.

Joining the Army in 2003, enlisting to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, and joining the regimental Pipes and Drums, Corry proceeded to establish a colorful military career, having been posted to London and Munster in Germany, whilst also conducting training at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBHD) in Edinburgh and a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004.  With over 24 years of experience playing the bagpipes, it was his support throughout a number of significant ceremonies that secured Corry’s nomination for the prominent award.

Corry said: “Having played the pipes since I was a child, it was a natural progression for me to join the Pipes & Drums. It was a fantastic experience that allowed me to travel the world, playing at high-profile events, such as the Edinburgh Tattoo, as well as ceremonial duties in London.

“It’s an honor for me to celebrate the skills that I gained through my military experience as a result of this award nomination. It has shown me that I shouldn’t underestimate the transferable skills that I have gained through my time at the Scots Guards. Essential components of my role such as networking and maintaining a sense of discipline are both areas that I developed naturally during my military career.”

Corry recently enrolled in EnerMech’s graduate apprenticeship scheme, a program allowing employees to return to higher education later in life. Currently studying for a BA (hons) in Business Management at the Robert Gordon’s University, Corry is one of several employees studying for a higher education degree with the company’s backing. The first two members of staff graduated last year from the same course.

“The support from my colleagues and peers at EnerMech has been unwavering, particularly following my recent decision to join the graduate apprenticeship program. I am thankful also for my mentor, David Logan, Operations Director, Europe at EnerMech, for the valuable guidance and ongoing encouragement.”

Carl Mook, regional director for EnerMech Europe said: “Corry’s strength and sense of resilience are an asset to our Aberdeen team and the wider business around the world. He is an incredibly determined individual who thoroughly deserves recognition for this nomination. We look forward to supporting him through a bright and lengthy future at EnerMech.”

EnerMech Wins First LNG Pre-Commissioning and Commissioning Contract in Canada

EnerMech Canada has been selected to deliver its specialist mechanical pre-commissioning and commissioning services to a large LNG facility in British Columbia, Canada. This new award marks the first time the global integrated solutions company has secured a contract for its niche mechanical services expertise in the region and resonates with its ambitions to expand into new territories and end markets.

EnerMech will roll out its integrated project management and delivery solution specifically developed to enhance efficiencies across the project. The core capabilities work scopes include temporary commissioning utilities, valve calibration and testing, pneumatic and hydraulic testing of piping systems, pre-start up flushing of rotating equipment lubrication systems, chemical cleaning of process systems and operational pressure testing, drying and inerting of low temperature process systems.

The business has also recently invested over £12 million (CAD $19.6) in additional equipment to bolster its fleet, capabilities and services in the Americas region.

EnerMech CEO, Christian Brown, added: “As our first pre-commissioning and commissioning contract in the region, this is a strategically important win for EnerMech as we look to increase our foothold as a specialist services provider for LNG production, storage and loading projects. This award further highlights our growing reputation for our capabilities to deliver specialist mechanical, electrical and instrumentation services and equipment to clients in different industries around the world.”

EnerMech’s President of Americas, Joseph Lichon added: “We are immensely proud of our mechanical services team’s capabilities which has led to us securing this significant LNG related work in the region, and we look forward to working closely with our client to help progress and maintain the plant’s integrity.

“We have recently invested in new equipment to ensure we maximize our integrated project management and an empowered delivery solution. From the construction completion phase to the pre-commissioning and commissioning stages, leading to plant readiness, we look forward to each segment of this contract being achieved through our steadfast, safe and reliable operations.”

 

Diversity & Inclusion

From driving innovation and increasing revenue to having a firmer understanding of customers’ changing needs, the benefits of developing a fully diverse and inclusive workforce should not be undervalued, says Chief HR Officer, Phil Ogden.

“We all know instinctively that diversity and inclusivity in the workplace is a good thing. Diversity of people leads to diversity of thinking which in turn leads to more insightful debates, more rounded strategies and ultimately better outcomes.

There is growing recognition (and evidence) that diversity in the workplace is critical to enhanced business performance. One study found that increased diversity (that’s a workforce that includes individuals of different nationalities, from different industry backgrounds with a considered gender balance) lead to more and better innovation and improved financial performance.

Studies have also found that companies with higher levels of diversity get more revenue for new products and services, are six times more likely to be innovative and agile3, and three times as likely to be high performing.

These insights are echoed by industry big-hitters like Boeing’s Ted Colbert, who says “the best workforce is a diverse workforce” and Apple Inc. which states “the most innovative company must also be the most diverse”.

As a global business with more than 50 nationalities and five generations represented in our workforce, we are proud of the diverse culture we have fostered.
Our people are as diverse as the customers we serve. This helps us to tap into a kaleidoscope of insights, tackle problems in new ways and offer up more relevant solutions.

Of course, inclusivity has always been at the heart of One EnerMech and Christian Brown often stresses the integral part we all play in our shared success. This focus on community, collaboration and family helps us to foster an inclusive environment where everyone should feel safe, valued and heard. We have work to do, of course, and we will continue to seek out the best talent regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or background.

Our industry is changing rapidly. COVID-19, energy transition and technological innovations have transformed the way we work and we must respond by building a diverse and inclusive workplace that values different points of view, carves out space for creative thinking, and makes room for intuition. When our people feel their best, they will create their best work and actively contribute to the ongoing success of EnerMech.”

 

 

EnerMech Celebrates Colleagues on International Women’s Day 2023

Today, Wednesday 8th March sees the world come together to honor International Women’s Day. To celebrate the achievements of EnerMech’s leading ladies, we will be sharing their stories and why days like this are so important to mark.

With a wealth of expertise across its operations in 28 countries, EnerMech places talent and culture at the very heart of its activities, and this includes ensuring there is a diverse mix of colleagues all with a high level of skill and experience to deliver an integrated and varied program of work for clients, 24/7.

Providing equal chances are pivotal for building sustainable career opportunities to both retain personnel at any organization as well as develop future industry leaders, but no more so than at EnerMech.

Phil Ogden, Chief HR Officer commented: “We are proud of the talent we have in each region and have placed people at the center of our 2023 business strategy as we believe that diversity and inclusion is fundamental to attracting and retaining personnel and driving our success.”

“All over the world we have exceptional women motivating others and delivering fantastic work that is helping to shape our business for continued growth.”

“This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating some of our exceptional female members of the team who have carved their own paths and are inspiring others. It’s important on day’s like today to recognize the journey they’ve made so far and provide a platform for them to pass on their advice to encourage others across team EnerMech and the wider industry.”

Tia Holt [PW1] – apprentice sheet metal fabricator light and a Menang Noongar Indigenous Woman

Tai studied the Noongar culture as her school had an indigenous girls’ program “Girls Academy”, which provides a safe space for all the aboriginal girls who attended. The academy was there to build friendships and encourage its pupils to succeed.

After her graduation, Tia worked in retail until she was 17 before joining EnerMech as an apprentice sheet metal fabricator light. She recognized her need to work in an industry where she could be ‘hands-on’ and this position suited her passions.

Tia’s stand-out moment so far has seen her awarded apprentice of the year and was the only female to be presented with the accolade. She received this only having been in the role for a short time.

Team EnerMech has been supporting Tia’s journey on-site. Her leader always steps up to provide guidance and is a big advocate for her development. As an Indigenous woman, a supportive and culturally understanding workplace is important. Tia’s mentor also reassures her that it is okay to be herself and express herself culturally.

Her advice for other women considering a career in this sector would be: “Don’t be afraid and second guess what you think the outcome would be because the outcome could be different. Be vocal, tougher and yourself.”

We asked Tia about her take on this year’s theme, ‘embrace equity’ and how she is contributing to this through her work at EnerMech:

“I was really shy at the beginning, so the team have taught me to use my initiative and don’t wait to be asked to do something. It’s about give and take in the work place, and accommodating for each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Claire McKay – proposals coordinator

“I ended up at EnerMech because I was looking for growth in my career and my previous employer didn’t have the opportunities I wanted.”

Claire works as a proposal coordinator for EnerMech. Her role utilises the experience and successes she has gained through the administration roles she held in the property industry whilst winning state receptionist of the year and national receptionist of the year.

EnerMech has been supporting Claire’s journey and has identified key training opportunities to further her progression. She added: “My mentor in the office is our senior proposals coordinator and they are always available to me. Having someone so experienced guiding me through the role has really helped to make the transition from reception administration into a high paced proposals environment.”

Claire reflects on what International Women’s Day means for her:

“It is a singular day to reflect on the fact that we have come somewhat of a distance, but recognizing we still have large way to go. It is an opportunity to highlight the issues and properly acknowledge the plight of females in male dominated industries.”

Her advice for women considering a career in this sector is: “Just do it, make the change.”

Zenith Dumbleton – apprentice fitter and turner

Before joining EnerMech, Zenith worked in roles across retail and held team leader positions, dealing with customers, staff and attending meetings. However, she realised this wasn’t what she wanted to do long term.

Zenith is now an apprentice fitter and turner at EnerMech where she works across gas plants on key projects for the company. She’s been at the firm since last year and wanted to learn something outside of her comfort zone whilst establishing her career.

Working to support Zenith’s development goals, EnerMech has provided opportunities to work on-site within its projects and taking on more responsibility as she progresses through her career.  She adds: “As an apprentice, I have used all the skills I learned in my previous retail roles to really help me really engage with my clients.”

Zenith’s advice for a woman considering a career in this sector:

“Take every opportunity you can because you never know where it could lead, even if it is a male dominated industry, you can still be well respected and learn a lot.”

We asked Zentih what International Women’s Day means to her:

“It means to me that the gap is closing with men and they are embracing people like me into the workplace. We are one step closer to having a gender-equal workplace.”

Here’s what Zenith’s client, John Morton Frontline Maintenance Planner, said about her input:

“The GLNG maintenance and planning team have widely recognized Zenith’s high-quality performance and innovative thinking across our PSV (pressure safety valves) maintenance campaign.

“One such recognizable success is where Zenith identified an opportunity to create system improvements to ensure the maintenance team could quickly and easily identify the status of each PSV as it goes through the maintenance process.

“Zenith’s initiative and innovative thinking has been so welcomed on site, she has brought increased efficiency and support to the GLNG maintenance.”

Kasey Hawkins – NDT trainee/technical assistant

Like a lot of young women finishing school, Kasey wasn’t sure what kind of career she wanted. She moved through a number of roles in hospitality and retail, whilst volunteering at a hospice before landing her role as an NDT trainee for EnerMech. The opportunity came about after she supported on a shutdown that piqued her interest in the sector.

Key moments in her career to date have come in the form of passing her qualifications and being recognized by colleagues for her work.  She added: “It makes me feel like I’m truly growing and developing as a trainee in a career that is in a traditionally male dominated field.”

Kasey attributes having a good mentor key to her success. She said: “It can be overwhelming with everything there is to learn in this industry, so having someone to mirror and ask questions is a very effective way to learn. I am so lucky to be able to learn and bounce ideas around with different bosses in our company.”

We asked Kasey, what does International Women’s Day mean to you?

“To appreciate how far women have come with getting their power and voice heard, gaining some equality and bringing awareness to the hardship that we, used to, and still go through to this day.”

New Head of Pre-Commissioning

We welcome Giulio Donolo, who has joined EnerMech in the newly created role of Head of Pre-commissioning, to drive further growth in our Pipelines and Subsea business.

Giulio has more than 16 years of energy sector experience gained while working at Saipem since completing a master’s degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Trieste in Italy. He started his career within Saipem in Fano, Italy, and after a year as a Process Engineer, he moved into a pre-commissioning focused role.

For the last four years, he has led the pipeline pre-commissioning departments. Successfully combining his flow assurance background with his pipeline pre-commissioning and installation experience of complex projects, Giulio has a proven track record in delivering pioneering solutions to support the successful execution of challenging operations.

Giulio brings a wealth of international expertise, having worked at several of Saipem’s global locations including Aberdeen, Rio De Janeiro, Paris and Cairo. He has also gained valuable experience on board the company’s support vessels as a Project Engineer, where he directly supervised  pre-commissioning operations on deep water / ultra-deep-water projects around the world.

Based in Italy, Giulio will report to John Grover –  Strategic Sales Director and collaborate with the regional BD, tender teams and our existing, established community of technical experts.

Through direct involvement with pre-commissioning customers and stakeholders, Guilio will help to optimize execution plans for our major projects, with a key focus on the construction and installation interfaces, further enhancing the technical perception and commercial attractiveness of our offering.

Our strategic intent is to build scale across Pipelines and Subsea, maintaining a regional focus as we continue to match local need with global capability. Giulio will support our strategy with his expert knowledge in pipeline installation and pre-commissioning.

 

EnerMech Teams Up With Wolftank Group to Support Net Zero Transport Emissions for Australia and New Zealand’s Industrial Sectors

EnerMech has signed a distribution agreement with leading energy mobility and storage specialist Wolftank Group. The partnership will bring hydrogen refueling stations to Australia and New Zealand’s industrial sectors as organizations look to cut fossil fuel dependence from their transport fleets in line with net zero emission targets.

The Australian arm of the global integrated solutions will supply, install, commission, and maintain Wolftank’s unique hydrogen refueling stations (HRS). First customer orders have already been received: The two companies will cooperate in order to install mobile hydrogen stations in different Australian locations..

The portable HRS design is particularly suited to sectors such as mining where worksites are typically found in remote locations with fewer hydrogen refueling opportunities available. The firm’s innovative technology allows hydrogen-powered vehicles to be fast-refilled on a par with traditional petrol or diesel fueled freight.

EnerMech has previously supported large scale hydrogen projects and LNG projects in the Asia Pacific region and has the capabilities to provide expert support with the full turnkey solutions, from mechanical and electrical services to full commissioning of the facility.

EnerMech’s regional director Asia Pacific, Garry Ford, said: “Hydrogen produces no carbon emissions providing a flexible, storable and safe alternative for companies operating in transport intense sectors such as mining and heavy haulage, where operations are often based in outlying places. However, one of the main challenges is the lack of refueling infrastructure in these remote areas to make it a viable solution. This is why Wolftank’s HRS is set to be a game-changer.

“We are very excited to be involved with such a forward thinking and trusted company as Wolftank, with a proven track record of helping their customers to realize green sustainability goals for transportation. Our business has been working in the hydrogen space for some time and this partnership positions EnerMech for further growth in the renewables sector.”

Wolftank has more than 20 years’ experience in hydrogen storage and retailing. The company has multimodal H2 supply solutions for road, rail and maritime transport, and provides prefabricated hydrogen service stations for heavy (350 bar) and passenger (700 bar) vehicles. One of its most recent projects was the development and construction of a turnkey HRS for a bus station in Bolzano, Italy, where six buses can be refueled per hour.

“We deliver our innovative hydrogen technologies to around a dozen countries, ranging from transport and conversion to electricity to distribution with mobile or stationary refueling systems. With EnerMech, we have found a perfect partner to supply Australia and New Zealand now as well with our solutions. This is another important step on our expansion course. Our goal is to help build the necessary infrastructure for a zero-emission future all around the world”, said Peter Werth, CEO of Wolftank Group.

Global Workforce Planning & Resourcing Manager to Drive Efficient Allocation of Talent

Mark Dolman has joined EnerMech in the newly created Global Workforce Planning & Resourcing Manager role to help further drive the company’s growth objectives with the efficient allocation of talent.

Mark has more than 20 years of energy sector experience and joins EnerMech from McDermott, where he was Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy and Workforce Planning.

Raised in Yorkshire, England, Mark’s career began with the Merchant Navy in 1993 where he undertook a Marine Cadetship sponsored by Shell and qualified as a deck and engineering officer.

In 2002, he was seconded to Shell Brunei in an onshore human resources position to support a worldwide succession planning project. Here, he led a major training programme to help local Bruneians transition into seafaring roles previously been held by expat workers on board the government’s LNG vessels. As a result of his work, he received recognition from the Sultan of Brunei. His success led to a recruitment and training position with Chevron Shipping, working out of the UK, USA, India and the Philippines.

Mark relocated to the Middle East in 2008 and held senior HR recruitment roles with both Qatar and Abu Dhabi’s national oil companies. While at ADNOC, he was selected to join its Project Management Office, where he devised and implemented talent acquisition initiatives across the Group.

In his newly created position at EnerMech, Mark will be based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Working closely with the regional teams, his key priority will be to define all critical talent needs to enhance the business’ already robust talent pool to meet customer expectations. This will involve detailed planning across geographies, business lines and skill-sets, including essential global mobility, tax and visa compliance.

Mark, who reports directly into EnerMech’s Chief HR Officer Phil Ogden, will also be the focal point for the company’s strategic resourcing centres, including the Philippines. In the coming months he will also oversee the implementation of new fit-for-purpose workforce planning and recruitment systems and tools aimed to help simplify processes and enhance consistency and transparency across the organisation.

EnerMech Welcomes Global Learning and Talent Manager

Jayne Hayward, has joined EnerMech as our first Global Learning and Talent Manager, a new role which reflects and reinforces our commitment to supporting the development of our people.

Based in Sunderland in the UK, Jayne’s initial priorities will include implementing a global learning management system, developing and rolling out the EnerMech leadership competency model, launching the company’s first suite of learning and development programmes in collaboration with training consultancy Ingenium and standing up our talent management framework.

Jayne joins EnerMech from her previous role as learning and development lead with EDF Renewables, where she successfully implemented and embedded learning management systems and leadership training programmes.

She began her career in the education sector where she worked as Head of IT and Business Studies for a number of years, leading school improvement and teacher progression. She transitioned into the corporate world of learning and development several years ago and has worked in a number of areas since.

A strong advocate for lifelong learning and personal career development, Jayne will report directly to EnerMech’s Chief HR Officer Phil Ogden.

New Partnership Brings Subsea Robotics Training and ROV Simulator to Guyana For First Time

World-class training and project simulation have now been launched in Guyana, for the first time, to address the increase in demand for qualified personnel.  Through a partnership between Caribbean Subsea Specialist Inc. (CSSI) and 3t EnerMech (ODITC), the Schilling Heavy Duty remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) simulator is now available at the  ODITC 3t EnerMech Training Centre of Excellence in Lusignan.

The system, utilized in conjunction with an observation class ROV at the pool facility, provides trainees with a combination of real world “in-water” experience and simulation exposure.  Scenarios students can attend include subsea tree installations, well intervention, pipeline installations and surveys and floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) hull inspections.

To produce oil in Guyana, subsea operations must be supported by ROVs due to the extreme depth and pressure found at underwater locations. There is currently an average of 12 to 16 remote underwater vehicles operating at any given time.  This number is set to grow in line with the rapid development of the oil and gas sector in the region.

The growth has triggered an increase in demand for qualified subsea robotics personnel which is magnified locally in Guyana due to the goals of the Local Content Act. CSSI and ODITC have partnered to provide the necessary infrastructure.

While the simulator is focused primarily on new hire induction training, it also offers a platform for experienced ROV operators to further their skills. Field owners, and their prime contractors, can access the simulator to rehearse their project execution with their ROV teams, potentially identifying challenges and reducing overall risk. The training program is also offered in Portuguese and Spanish, to meet the growing demand of the rest of the Americas and Europe for such training.

Paul Attrill, Vice President of Sales at 3t EnerMech, commented: “The development of a subsea robotics training facility in Guyana signifies a key milestone as the country aims to attract technical tourist visitors.  Guyanese nationals will enjoy the competitive advantage of accessing subsea robotics training for a fraction of the previous cost of travelling overseas, with the country poised to be a hub for technical training to the Americas and Western world.

“We are proud to be playing our part in this journey”.

Schilling Robotics manufactures ROVs and manipulator arms. Its manipulator arm technology can be found on over 90% of all work class ROVs in the world.

Following ROV induction training, CSSI continues to support candidates throughout their career with competency management and job placement in the industry, both locally and abroad. ODITC supports this process by augmenting the candidate’s competency suite with critical offshore skills such as T-BOSIET, rigging and lifting and confined spaces training.   All qualifications provided by the CSSI and ODITC collaboration meets or exceeds the highest international standards such as OPITO, International Marine Contractors Association and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.

Kierran Leith Lifts Gold and Silver at Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships

EnerMech employee Kierran Leith, 27, a graduate project engineer who works, very appropriately on cranes and lifting projects for the engineering team, returned home laden with gold and silver after competing for Scotland in the 2022 Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kierran, from Ellon, won gold in the open 120kg + weight category squat, squatting an astounding 350kg (a little over 55 stone for the imperial enthusiast). He also achieved silver in the bench press (185kg) and deadlift (330kg) which netted him silver for his total overall lifting score of 865kg.

“I was pretty happy at the time to do so well as I did, but I feel I fell short of some of my personal bests that I’ve achieved out with competition,” said Kierran. “My ambition now is to reach a combined 900kg total across the three events and to break the Scottish deadlift record of 347.5kg.”

Kierran crowdfunded more than £3,600 to finance the cost of his £5,500 trip to New Zealand, with his father Andrew (known to all as Biff) accompanying him to cheer him on. Friends and family were also able to follow his progress from afar as the championships were streamed live on the internet.

Kierran wasn’t the only Scottish gold medallist of the championships event, which is affiliated with the International Powerlifting Federation, and which attracted competitors from all over the Commonwealth. Former junior football player Reon Juskowiak won gold in the Masters 1, 93kg weight category squat, as well as a bronze medal in the deadlift.

Also representing Scotland were Kyle Burnett and William Smith in the open championship, where Smith narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the 93kg weight category squat in what was an intensely competitive environment. Young Scot Ciar White, 21, competed in the junior category.

Kierran celebrated his wins by exploring some of the host country New Zealand, including the famous set of ‘Hobbiton’ from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Had circumstances allowed, Kierran would have been able to squat a theoretical nine and a half hobbits.

By Thom Fraser, Project Engineer, Aberdeen

The EnerMech Graduate Apprentice Taking Promotion, Parenthood and Personal Development All In His Stride

Accepting a new job offer, studying for a university degree while working, and welcoming your first-born child into the world are amongst some of life’s biggest challenges, but for Callum Duguid, account lead at EnerMech, he has juggled all three simultaneously and successfully.

An enthusiastic self-starter, Callum has been with the business since 2013. In 2018, following a promotion from being an offshore electrician to a contract support engineer onshore, he jumped at the chance to be one EnerMech’s first employees to join its Graduate Apprentice programme, facilitated by Robert Gordon’s University (RGU). Callum has since achieved and graduated with first-class honours in BA Business Management at a ceremony held at the P&J Live venue in Aberdeen.

In March this year, whilst in the midst his final Capstone thesis project, he arguably took on his most important role when he became a father for the first time. He said: “Balancing family life as a new dad to Harris with the ongoing responsibilities of work and studying, has by far been the greatest and most exciting challenge and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m incredibly proud of my achievements and my family’s. My partner Rachael has been the most incredible tower of strength. Taking on the bulk of night feeds and nappy changes has ensured I could get my rest and have the energy for my studies, which we saw as a very worthwhile investment in our future together. I’ve also had fantastic support from my EnerMech colleagues and can’t thank them enough for their endless encouragement throughout the entire process.”

Having held a passion for more technical subjects during school, Callum started his career as a Modern Apprentice for the NHS, before joining EnerMech. “When I left school, I had no real idea of what I wanted to do. Although I had always intended to pursue higher education at some point, I wanted to wait until I had found a profession where I could see myself for the long term that offered strong opportunities for career progression and job satisfaction.”

The Graduate Apprentice programme ticked all those boxes for Callum. “It takes a blended approach to education, incorporating practical, on-the-job work, and academic learning to provide graduates with a deeper understanding of their role and the industry. It was eye-opening to witness how the theoretical components of my course fitted into the work I was doing at EnerMech. It was also reassuring as it cemented my previous experience with the theory behind it. I appreciate now that I would not have gained as much from higher education if I had entered it straight out of school because I didn’t have the maturity and confidence to ask the sometimes-difficult questions. Having real-life experience makes linking the theory to practice much easier.

“The course has provided me with endless opportunities to develop myself and increase my status with my superiors, particularly through my Capstone project. I investigated how EnerMech could enhance alignment across its project management practices. I presented my findings to the leadership team and I’m proud to say that they have made a difference and added a great amount of value to the team.”

Carrying the baton for EnerMech’s next generation of Graduate Apprentices, Callum has also taken on a mentorship role, supporting a new student who began the same four-year course as him this September.

“As one of the first to graduate from this RGU scheme, it is important to me that I stay involved. I want to be sure that whoever goes on to complete the course gains the most out of the experience like I did. Being a mentor for Chris is my way of making sure this happens.

“I would absolutely recommend a Graduate Apprenticeship to others. It’s one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life and one that will stretch you to meet your personal and professional development goals.”

With his degree firmly under his belt, Callum has plans to take back some time for himself. “I’m not one to sit still and I certainly see another challenge in my future, perhaps even another degree. But for the moment, I just want to enjoy spending any spare time with my family and fitting in the odd football match and round of golf.”

 

EnerMech’s first Graduate Apprentices Receive Certificates at RGU Ceremony

Callum Duguid and Iain Swinburne have become EnerMech’s first employees to successfully complete a four-year Graduate Apprenticeship programme through Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon’s University (RGU).

The duo, who both achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Business Administration, attended RGU’s graduation ceremony at the P&J Live today (Weds, 14th December 2022), when they received their certificates.

As one of the first companies in Scotland to support graduate-level apprenticeships, EnerMech introduced the personal development opportunity to its employees in 2018. The Skills Development Scotland programme, developed specifically to support the energy industry, uses a blended learning approach which allows students to apply their theoretical learnings to their practical, on-the-job work.

Callum began working at EnerMech in 2013 after completing a Modern Apprenticeship as an electrical technician with the NHS the year prior. Starting his career with the business as an offshore electrician, he progressed into a contract support engineering role before beginning the new challenge of his undergraduate degree. Since starting his studies, Callum has experienced a couple of major life changes; he became a father for the first time eight months ago and was recently promoted to account lead.

Callum said: “Having achieved a HNC in electronics when I left school, I had always been determined to progress my studies at some point in my life. I am incredibly grateful to EnerMech for providing this opportunity and to my partner, who has been incredibly understanding and an amazing support both before and since the birth of our son earlier this year.

“The RGU programme helped me to further understand why we do what we do, underpinning my existing expertise and extending my knowledge and skills. I had the full backing and endless encouragement from my EnerMech mentors throughout the past four years, and I am proud to carry this baton on and am currently mentoring a couple of colleagues now progressing through the course.”

Iain, a project accountant, had worked in financial services for more than 30 years prior to becoming a Graduate Apprentice. Having moved into the energy sector in 2013, he joined EnerMech as a lead management consultant in 2015. Iain had achieved a HNC in accounting when he left school but had never considered pursuing higher education until EnerMech approached him with the opportunity.

Iain said: “As well as my HNC, I have several professional qualifications I’ve achieved over the years. Completing an undergraduate degree is not something I’d thought possible after working for more than three decades and am therefore beyond proud to have accomplished a BA (Hons) degree. I would strongly recommend this blended programme to anyone considering it and cannot thank EnerMech enough for the support they have provided throughout the whole process.”

EnerMech has a long-standing alliance with RGU, having initially partnered with the university in 2014 to create a bespoke 12-month project management course for its engineers.

There are currently 10 students from the organisation at different stages on the RGU Graduate Apprenticeship programme, with ongoing plans to continue supporting more personnel to enter the scheme. Seven mentors from across EnerMech are also dedicated to assisting their colleagues throughout the four years of training.

Christian Brown, CEO of EnerMech, said: “We are very pleased and proud to see our first employees, Callum and Iain, achieving their Graduate Apprenticeship degrees – many congratulations to both.

“The RGU programme has provided significant value to our business. The syllabus and on-the-job learning have provided a great springboard for our employees’ careers by helping to deepen their competencies and capabilities. Simultaneously, both Callum and Iain’s final year projects have also made a positive impact on our operations. They both chose final thesis topics which have helped to identify and increase efficiencies aligned to our ongoing growth targets, demonstrating that their hard work and dedication over the past four years has truly paid off.”

Why the Graduate Apprenticeship Route Adds Up To a Great Future at EnerMech

It’s never too late to become a mature student, and it’s a route that Aberdeen-based project accountant Iain Swinburne had never fully considered during his 30-year career until his EnerMech line manager presented the opportunity to him in 2018.

Fast forward those four years, and Iain has becoming one of the company’s first to complete its Graduate Apprenticeship programme, earning a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Business Administration from Robert Gordon University. The course was specifically designed by Skills Development Scotland to support the Energy industry by blending theoretical studies with on-the-job practical learnings.

Iain is the first to admit that no one was more surprised than he was to be approached and to hear himself saying ‘yes’ to the offer. He explained: “I have occasionally wondered what direction my life might have taken if I’d studied for a university degree, but it’s only been a fleeting thought as I’ve enjoyed the path I’ve taken. I’ve also been highly satisfied with the professional qualifications I’ve achieved along the way. However, while many who have worked for as long as I have might feel they have nothing new to learn or be daunted by taking on a new challenge, when EnerMech presented the Graduate Apprenticeship opportunity, I knew it was one I couldn’t let pass me by.”

University was not the first choice in Iain’s mind when he left school at 18. “I chose to study for a High National Certificate (HNC) in accounting to give me some time to figure out what I wanted to do in life. I soon found that I had a knack for accountancy, and I also really enjoyed it.”

Working across a variety of companies in the satellite communications and financial services sectors, Iain established a successful career for himself. He joined EnerMech as a lead management accountant in 2015, before swiftly being promoted to invoicing team lead the following year. “Having decades of work experience, the Graduate Apprenticeship topics were not new to me. However, whilst I was familiar with the subjects that were being taught, I had never fully understood the theory behind them. This program has allowed me to gain a deeper and more granular understanding of not just my role, but the business as a whole.

“Beyond this, there were countless opportunities made available to me that I hadn’t thought possible when starting the course. One major highlight that coincided with me being on the programme was my secondment to an EnerMech JV company, SEPAM International, which allowed me to relocate to Luxembourg. I was privileged to be a part of the team for a year, a move that took me completely out of my comfort zone and challenged me in ways that I hadn’t experienced in many years.”

Mentoring proved to be an important aspect of the apprenticeship, and as Iain explains, there was no shortage of colleagues prepared to support him when needed.

“I cannot thank my line managers at EnerMech enough for their undivided support throughout the entire process. For any obstacle that I faced during my studies, there was always an experienced teammate I could turn to for advice on the matter. Looking ahead, I hope I can extend this same support to any of my workmates who are also considering the course.

“Being a Graduate Apprentice provided an experience I would highly recommend to anyone, and one to firmly grasp with both hands. I not only learned a lot about myself and my own capabilities to juggle work and a degree course, but I was able to make a difference to the business. My final university project helped to identify and recommend some improvements which have led to efficiencies across our operations, which I’m immensely proud of.

“I am incredibly grateful to EnerMech for allowing me to discover that it is never too late to take on a new challenge.”

EnerMech Acquires Stork Australia and New Zealand as Part of Strategic Growth Plan

EnerMech has acquired Stork Australia and New Zealand for an undisclosed sum as part of its strategic plan to add scale to its global integrity management business and further its diversification into new markets.

The newly acquired business brings a strong portfolio of clients from a diverse range of sectors including defence, mining, chemicals, and energy industries. The consolidation further strengthens EnerMech’s existing capabilities and solutions within inspections services, NDT and advanced NDT services, and a proven track record in industrial services, jetty refurbishment, and tank repair as well as we have access to the Cooperheat business still owned by Stork through a license agreement with Stork UK.

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “We are diligently focused on delivering our strategy to create greater value for our customers. The addition of Stork’s former Australian and New Zealand business to our portfolio not only increases the scalability of our core service lines, solutions and agility, it also brings a great legacy into the EnerMech family. The crux of our strengths lies in the integrated solutions our multi-disciplined workforce delivers, by combining our experts, equipment, IP, and technology our competence across the entire asset lifecycle continues to grow”.

“I would personally like to welcome our new colleagues from Stork in Australia and New Zealand, across all projects and locations. We very much look forward to the future that lies ahead. Our organizations share many similarities, including company culture, tenacity, and a hard work ethos paving the way for a seamless integration with no impact to our clients or workforce. “

Garry Ford, EnerMech regional director for Asia Pacific added: “We already have a strong pipeline of work in the region and the complementary expertise Stork locally brings to our integrity management and industrial services, increased geography and further industry diversification will accelerate our strategic plans for further growth in Australia and now New Zealand.

Our new colleagues have supported their business to become one of the most well-established in both countries. Led by a strong senior operations and technical team, their reputation has been built on providing a consistent high quality and reliable project delivery and a strong safety performance. These attributes and successes resonate with EnerMech’s culture and mission. We look forward to fully integrating the businesses and supporting each other and our clients further.”

EnerMech has been operating in Australia for thirteen years delivering on many landmark projects and servicing operating assets across alternative energy, energy, infrastructure and mining sectors.

Stork’s Regional Director for Middle East & ANZ Anthony McAnulty said: “We look forward to leveraging Stork’s success in this region and are now very excited to be part of the EnerMech team.”

“This unified offering allows us to bring our core capabilities in ANZ to bolster EnerMech’s already strong suite of niche services. With a shared drive and passion for delivering high quality and reliable projects and strong safety performance, we are gearing up for a very productive future together.”

EnerMech HR Director, Shirley Smith Retires

Retiring with happy memories, Shirley Smith, EnerMech HR Director

Having worn many hats over her varied and colourful 40-year career, Shirley culminated her working life with 13 years at EnerMech as part of the senior leadership team at the global integrated solutions specialist, leaving behind a legacy that is both inspirational and motivational.

From becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) endorsing better work and working lives, to mentoring and championing gender equality improvements through the Axis Network and Girls in Energy, to chairing EnerMech’s Pension Trustee Board, her great personal success has rippled across the sector she has firmly advocated. As she enjoys her retirement and playing more golf, she can rest assured she has played her part in paving the way for a brighter, fairer, more supported future for the next generation.

Shirley’s career has successfully navigated the multi-spoked wheel of business management, starting out in supply chain management before moving into communications and marketing, followed by managing a recruitment business. Her collective experiences and passion for working with and supporting people gave her the perfect springboard in 1998 into the world of HR, where she found her happy place.

HR was a very different animal back then to what it is today as Shirley, who graduated with a Business Studies degree from Edinburgh’s Napier University in 1980, explains: “Back then, companies were unaware of the importance of employee engagement. As these areas have become more widely recognised, the role of HR and attitudes towards managing people have changed for the better. It’s now widely accepted that feeling safe and supported in the workplace, is key to retaining people.

“Industry trends have also shaped the way business is conducted. The digital revolution has made communication easier and more accessible and gives transparency across the entire business, which was particularly useful to support working from home. Whilst the shift to hybrid working has connected the global business via virtual meetings, it’s great to see people getting back into the office environment and meeting up where possible, nothing beats human interaction and meeting people face-to-face.”

In 2009, Shirley took up the HR Director role with EnerMech during its first year of business. Over the years she has helped the company navigate unprecedented growth from less than 100 personnel to approximately 4,000 based in over 40 locations. The firm has grown organically and through acquisition, advancing the company’s ongoing objective to win new business in new territories and new industries. This approach has cemented its leading market position today. Shirley adds: “Introducing new workforces into any business comes with its own challenges. Understanding how people might be feeling and what their concerns are go a long way to putting people at ease and embedding them seamlessly in the business. This approach has been centre to all of our personnel integrations over the years, ensuring our high-quality services remain constant for our customers.

“Inclusivity is also very important to the business. With more than 50 nationalities represented in EnerMech today, I am proud of the culture we have fostered which ultimately shapes the way we work and offers more relevant solutions to our complex projects.”

“Having implemented some innovative resourcing strategies, and leadership and project management training programmes, we have provided career progression to many, I feel fortunate in seeing the fruits of these initiatives as many of my current and past colleagues are now leaders in the industry, shaping the future.”

Shirley’s role in HR has not always been office based. She has made frequent site visits, witnessing first-hand those she has helped to recruit delivering operational excellence in demanding environments. “I’ve been very fortunate to travel the globe and see the workforce carrying out technical and often niche projects, in some remote parts of the world.

“Visiting the regions in which we operate in, and understanding their cultural and employment differences, has also shaped our HR strategy. There really is no boiler-plate solution to HR, meeting with my colleagues in the regions has been truly invaluable.”

Shirley has enjoyed several other career highlights witnessing the development of EnerMech’s apprentices. “I am proud to have watched our trainees grow and take on more senior roles including supervisory roles offshore and into operations management. We’ve had so many fantastic people come through the doors and achieve their career goals, EnerMech’s investment in apprentice and graduate programmes is one we will continue to invest in.”

Phil Ogden is Shirley’s successor as EnerMech’s new global HR lead. Imparting her insight on how the company has rallied throughout the headwinds of recent years, Shirley says: “EnerMech has weathered the storms of the downturn and subsequent impact of the Covid pandemic. Our continued growth despite this landscape is testament to the hard work and resilience of everyone in the business to establish us as world-class industry experts. To help elevate the business, we have recently developed and are implementing our Talent & Culture Charter which underpins our structured and continued growth.”

“Leaving the people in EnerMech is the hardest part of my decision to retire, however, I know I am leaving the business in safe hands. Under the stewardship of CEO, Christian Brown, the company is thriving and the continued investment in our teams’ skills and personal development can only strengthen this further. I thank everyone for their support over the years and wish all my colleagues my very best wishes for their continued success.”

Christian Brown, CEO of EnerMech, adds: “It has been an absolute joy to work alongside Shirley. Her guidance and calming nature have been a source of stability throughout our rapid growth as well as during some of the more recent testing times. We simply wouldn’t be where we are today without her commitment and passion for people. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her hard work, dedication, and loyalty to EnerMech’s vision and wish her a long and happy retirement.”

EnerMech Appoints New Global Chief HR Officer

EnerMech has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Phil Ogden as chief human resources officer.

Phil joins the business with over 30 years of experience, including over 15 years in senior leadership positions with energy industry specialists Kentz, SNC-Lavalin, Honeywell, and his most recent employer Johnson Controls, where he was vice president of human resources for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).

Heading up the global human resources team, Phil is accountable for leading group HR strategy, initially focused on global resource delivery and talent development in support of EnerMech business growth. Phil will be based in our UAE operations.

The new chief HR officer at EnerMech said: “Joining the EnerMech Team at such a pivotal time in its growth is an incredible opportunity. I am excited to bring my global experience within the energy services sector into EnerMech to further strengthen our human capital and maintain our best-in-class service delivery”.

Christian Brown, chief executive officer at EnerMech said: “I welcome Phil to EnerMech, with his experience and knowledge, I am confident we have the right leadership in place to deliver on our One EnerMech strategy, grow our business exceeding our expectations and ensure people are at the heart of our success and sustainability “

“Phil’s appointment coincides with the retirement of our HR Director Shirley Smith who is stepping down after 13 years with the business. I would like to thank her for her fantastic contribution to the business – we wouldn’t be where we are without her support.”

EnerMech Promotes Alison Hazell to Marketing and Communications Director

EnerMech has bolstered its senior management team with the promotion of Alison Hazell into the newly created position of marketing and communications director.

Based at the firm’s Aberdeen headquarters, Alison’s new role has been confirmed at a pivotal time for the business as it progresses its strategic plan that will drive the sustainability and growth of the business, delivering value to clients in both new and existing end markets and geographies.

In the quest for accelerating the company’s growth in core markets as well as renewables, nuclear, infrastructure, defence, semiconductors, Alison will implement a new group-wide marketing plan to underpin its ongoing ambitions.

Having joined EnerMech in 2017, Alison combines business knowledge with over 20 years of industry experience. Previously, she held senior client service positions at Denvir Marketing, Immediate Media Co, and BBC Magazines, and more recently founded and directed her own marketing agency, delivering marketing campaigns for the energy industry.

Alison tells us: “This is an exciting time for EnerMech as we build our business aligned to our strategic plan. Our strengths lie in the efficient integrated solutions our multi-disciplined workforce deliver, all underpinned by our sustainable ethos and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda”

“The delivery of engaging marketing and corporate communications has never been so important and will contribute greatly to the value of the business. The growing complexity of the organization requires a clear, engaging voice to articulate our value to our loyal customers and build brand recognition with those new to EnerMech. Turning informed customers, employees and business partners in to engaged audiences is the ultimate goal.”

Christian Brown, chief executive officer at EnerMech, said: “We have a strong business plan in place and Alison’s strategic marketing advice and flair has played a key role in this success, helping to shape the EnerMech brand and extend our foothold into new markets and locations around the world.

“Our support teams are paramount to EnerMech’s ongoing success and Alison is a prime example of the talent pipeline we employ and the career progression opportunities within the company. Having mentored Alison, she has exactly the right approach and drive required to aid our overarching ambitions and thoroughly deserves recognition for everything she has delivered so far.”

 

 

3t EnerMech Scoops Top Global Title in Engineering Awards

3t EnerMech has been named ‘Regional Winner for East Africa and the Rest of the World’ in the prestigious Engineering Construction Industry Training and Development Awards.

The Awards, which are run by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), celebrate and reward the very best of the global engineering construction industry.

The judging panel looked at several factors when considering the winner including the number of people trained, quality of training, equality and diversity, innovation and ambition, interaction with the ECITB and generally adding value within its markets. 3t EnerMech was acknowledged as the very best in its region.

Established in 2021, 3t EnerMech is a joint venture between integrated solutions specialist provider EnerMech and 3t Energy Group, which owns AIS Survivex, 3t Transform and Drilling Systems. Together this alliance delivers world-leading training and competency solutions encompassing a blend of traditional training, digital learning technologies and training compliance management platforms.

The organization has already made its mark on the global stage becoming the only ECITB-approved training provider in Angola and Guyana, establishing a training center of excellence in Guyana and working with the UK and Mozambique Governments to shape future training requirements for Mozambique’s growing oil and gas workforce.

3t EnerMech will now compete against two others for the overall “ECITB International Training Provider of the Year 2022 Award” which takes place at a glittering ceremony in London on 2nd November 2022.

Paul Attrill, Vice President of Sales at 3T EnerMech said: “What fantastic news. We are incredibly grateful to the judging panel for awarding us this accolade and recognizing our outstanding efforts in delivering training excellence throughout East Africa and the rest of the world.

“Countries such as Mozambique, Angola and Guyana are quickly emerging as leading players in the global oil and gas industry and we want to ensure these regions are fully prepared by developing a highly skilled, local, competent and safe workforce ready to progress projects as soon as they are needed.

“ECITB standards and procedures are world-class so to be recognized as the best of the best by this organization is a great honor. We are now looking forward to the finals in London in November and are keeping everything crossed.”

To find out more about 3t EnerMech please visit www.3tenermech.com

EnerMech Invests €9.2 Million in First Irish Facility to Support Growth in New Markets and Announces The Creation of 170 New Jobs

EnerMech has today officially opened its first facility in Ireland, creating approximately 170 jobs opportunities over the next three years. The base cements the integrated solutions specialist’s commitment to the area and its growth drive across new sectors and geographies.

Bringing its five decades of engineering and manufacturing experience to bear, EnerMech has already delivered several campaigns from the site, including providing its services to a large semiconductor project for a world-leading North American company.

Located in IDA Ireland’s Business and Technology Park in Athlone, the company has been delivering its range of specialist services from the base for the past year. This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Tanaiste & Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment, Leo Varadkar said: “I’m really pleased to welcome EnerMech to Ireland and in particular Athlone, which is a fantastic choice of location for this substantial investment. These 170 new jobs will be a real boost, and really underline Ireland’s growth as an international advanced manufacturing hub. EnerMech has a remarkable 50 years of experience with a global presence in 23 countries. We will continue to work hard to create the right environment to attract such world-class companies to all parts of the country. I wish the team all the very best and trust they will be very happy in their new community.”

Minister of Trade Promotion, Digital & Company Regulation Dara Calleary TD said: I’m delighted that EnerMech have chosen Ireland for this expansion which will create 170 jobs over the next three years. EnerMech’s new facility in Athlone is well positioned to serve the thriving engineering, biopharma and MedTech clusters in the region and beyond. These roles, across a range of specialist engineering disciplines, will provide a fantastic opportunity for the highly skilled and talented workforce our country has to offer. I wish the team every continued success in this new chapter.”

Building on the long-term sustainability of its business in the region, the company now employs over 110 employees locally, including five local apprentices on the Pipefitting Apprentice Scheme, delivering a broad spectrum of capabilities across specialist engineering disciplines to support project construction and deli very. These numbers are expected to rise to a further 60 full-time job opportunities including a further 10 apprentice openings in the near future.

In addition to growth in core markets, the move further supports the company’s global diversification drive as it eyes expansion in infrastructure, renewables, power, energy, and hi-tech industrial sectors, a key growth area for EnerMech across the globe. The Ireland base is another step forward for the company in this goal, as the facility is home to the company’s first ISO-certified cleanroom. This additional capability supports high purity welding and pipework manufacture, a key element in the semi-conductor, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Christian Brown, Chief Executive Officer at EnerMech, said: “The launch celebrations mark the end of a successful first year for EnerMech in Ireland. Our new facility opens a number of doors for us as we look to deliver more projects from this base as well as build on our existing work across a diverse mix of end markets.

“This healthy mix of business progression demonstrates our multi-discipline capabilities are being more widely recognized and valued in new ways across the board.

“Coming together with IDA Ireland the Irish government, and clients to officially launch the site is a proud moment for the company and staff.”

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said: “The establishment by EnerMech of a global integrated solutions specialist, in Athlone is terrific news for the Midlands region and beyond.  This investment is strongly aligned to IDA Ireland’s strategic pillars of Impact and Regional Development.  I wish EnerMech every success with this investment.”

Guyanese Prime Minister Opens 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence As First GOAL Students Graduate Into Local Jobs

80 Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) program students graduate with 40% going on to full-time employment in the oil and gas industry within two to three weeks of completion.

 

The Prime Minister of Guyana, Mark Phillips, has officially opened the 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence, on Friday, 2nd September 2022. During the event, graduates of the center’s Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) program received their qualification certificates, with 40% securing full-time employment in the oil and gas sector within two to three weeks following the training.

Joined by over 300 guests, the Guyanese Government delegation, which included US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, Hon. Vickram Outar Bharrat, Minister of Natural Resources, Bishop Juan Edghill, Minister of Public Works and Hon. Sonia Savitri Parag, Minister of the Public Service, received a VIP tour of the country’s first oil and gas training facility.

The $20 million Lusignan base was constructed by the local ODITC joint venture (JV) formed between Guyana’s Orinduik Development Incorporated, Windsor Technologies and 3t EnerMech. The state-of-the-art center features blended learning software and technology for high hazard activity training, skills hall, a welding, and fabrication shop, rigging and lifting areas and a 14ft deep sea survival pool.

It is the first facility in Guyana to be accredited to deliver OPITO training for rigger, banksman and slinger skills and will soon also add Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training and firefighting emergency response to its portfolio. It has also signed an exclusive agreement with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) to be the only facility to carry out its courses in country.

The teaching hub was established to empower and provide Guyanese locals with key skills and training certifications that are required to work in the offshore environment without having to travel to the US, Brazil, or Trinidad.

The official opening supports the Guyana Government’s drive for 80% of the country’s oil and gas industry workforce to be local personnel. Since opening, 10 Guyanese nationals have been hired and there are plans for more opportunities as demand for courses increases. Of the current Guyanese training staff, three are graduating students who recently completed the ECITB GOAL program and have now been employed as trainee instructors.

Paul Attrill, Vice President of Sales at 3T EnerMech said: “Welcoming Prime Minister Mark Phillips, and other special guest dignitaries, to the centre to officially launch our facility is a true honor. There is a wealth of talented and ambitious people from Guyana and we are pleased to be able to help them to reach their career goals. By enabling them to achieve the required industry certifications at the center of excellence, it removes the costs or inconvenience of travelling to the US, Brazil, Trinidad, or Europe which may have put some off pursuing a career in this area previously.

“Being able to graduate our first cohort of students with the Prime Minister in attendance was a highlight, and one neither the former students nor our team will forget. It was a real opportunity for us to be able to show the VIP delegation first-hand the strides we are making to support a new generation of Guyanese into the industry. Of the 80 graduates, many have already been employed, which is a fantastic result for them, and demonstrates how well suited our courses are to the sector, with more due to be added in the coming weeks.”

The training hub is located next to the country’s new heliport, being built by Orinduik Developments ltd. The site will also feature an aviation and marine Polytechnic School, as well as a hotel and business center.

Paul Attrill continues “The visionary outlook of our partners has allowed us to establish key relationships with businesses operating within the country. This is a significant milestone in our strategic plans and Guyana focus, coming at a time when its industry is expecting rapid growth.”

3t EnerMech Brings OPITO Approved Training to Guyana’s Oil and Gas Industry For First Time

Local joint venture company ODITC supports offshore workforce safety training to globally recognized OPITO standard –

ODITC, A joint venture (JV) between Guyana’s Orinduik Development Incorporated, Windsor Technologies and 3t EnerMech has achieved a key milestone after becoming the first organisation in the country to be approved to deliver OPITO accredited training to oil and gas workers.

The 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence, developed by ODITC has been established to support the region’s growing need to grow its oil and gas talent. OPITO certification is a common requirement for thousands of global offshore workers whose employers require a shared knowledge of safe working practices benchmarked against the same industry standard.

The new facility obtained the OPITO approval to train personnel across a range of rigger, banksman and slinger skills and competencies after meeting the strict criteria set out by the global skills organisation for the energy sector. In addition, 3t EnerMech is on track to widen its OPITO offering in the coming weeks to include Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), and firefighting emergency response training.

Located in Lusignan next to Orinduik’s new heliport, more than (USD) $20million has been invested into the infrastructure by Orinduik, Windsor and 3t EnerMech. The training centre features its own skills hall, welding and fabrication shop, rigging and lifting areas, technology suite and a 14ft deep sea survival pool. Nine new full-time jobs have been created, including seven Guyanese nationals, with further local hires planned as an integral part of its growth strategy. It also plans to introduce class-leading simulation and virtual reality technologies aimed at the rapidly growing offshore, drilling and Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operations.

3t EnerMech’s Alan Sharp has recently been appointed general manager to oversee the new training complex. He said: “Being the first training provider in Guyana to obtain OPITO approval to deliver its training standards is a fantastic achievement. I’m extremely proud of our entire team and partners for successfully passing the audit and obtaining this globally recognised accreditation for our facility so smoothly.

“Previously, Guyanese nationals looking to secure roles in oil and gas would be faced with travelling to Trinidad, the USA or Europe to gain the necessary training and OPITO certification. The JV business between local firms and 3t EnerMech was created precisely to mitigate these challenges, with the Training Centre of Excellence offering appropriate training that’s more accessible. Our main objectives are to help develop the region’s homegrown talent and sustain the growing needs of the sector for a safe, skilled and competent workforce.

“We look forward to rolling out our first OPITO programme along with a raft of other vital safety courses.”

Now operational, ODITC’s training centre has recently entered the final stages of its phase one development which is expected to be fully complete by September 2022. The team recently welcomed a VIP delegation, which included eight members of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) as well as its president Timothy Tucker, to see how its plans are advancing.

Mr Sharp added: “We were very honoured to show the delegation around the facility so they could see first-hand what our centre offers, meet our experienced trainers and gain a better understanding of the types of training we offer and the impact for the local economy.

“To get to this point, we have engaged with a number of international oil and gas companies, drilling contractors and local supply chain in Guyana to ensure our course portfolio delivers the training they need to support their businesses. The oil and gas sector is very buoyant in the region and there is a large proportion of the workforce which will need regular training to industry standards to be able to work safely and effectively. We are well positioned to leverage our strategic location, local content, in-house training expertise and quality accreditations to grow the business steadily and significantly.”

As well as being able to deliver this first tranche of OPITO accredited courses, 3t EnerMech also recently signed a four-year exclusivity agreement with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) to become the sole provider of its licensed training in Angola and Guyana.

3t EnerMech to exclusively provide ECITB training in Angola and Guyana

3t EnerMech has signed a four-year exclusivity agreement with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) to become the sole provider of its licenced training in Angola and Guyana.

The strategic alliance between 3t Energy Group and EnerMech, will deliver unique ECITB accredited skills programmes through its learning solutions in each region. The agreement with the global arm of the UK-based skills organisation is set until 2026, with an aim to expand its offering within Guyana and Angola through the collaboration with 3t EnerMech.

Working with almost 200 licensed training providers in more than 25 countries, the ECITB delivers training and qualifications in skills for the engineering construction industry that are recognised worldwide.

In February this year, 3t EnerMech announced its venture with Orinduik Development Incorporated Training Centre to develop Guyana’s first oil and gas training facility – following more than (USD) $20million of investment.

Delivering training in-country to support the region’s growing oil and gas industry, the centre will become the first and only ECITB internationally accredited training provider in Guyana.

The 3t EnerMech alliance opened its first dedicated training facility in Angola’s industrial hub of Luanda last year. Since its launch, 3t EnerMech has secured several contracts delivering its in-country service training to Angolan nationals and will now exclusively offer ECITB courses such as its mechanical joint integrity and confined space range to support and upskill the region’s workforce.

Paul Attrill, Vice President of Sales at 3t EnerMech commented on the agreement: “Building safer, smarter and sustainable workforces is key to increasing the future prosperity of industries around the globe. This agreement will play a significant role in this. By delivering the ECITB’s products in Angola and Guyana we can empower workers by giving them accredited training and tools for their role.

“The ECITB’s standards and procedures are world-class, and we are proud to be the only organisation to be able to deliver these in our training centres for the next four years and grow what we offer across the globe.”

3t EnerMech offers its globally recognised, quality assured training capability, along-side fully customisable learning solutions that draw on a range of software and technology tools including simulation, e-learning, VR-learning, R3 spaced-repetition learning and augmented reality.

EnerMech Secures Over (USD) $128 Million In New Contract Wins in Africa, Middle East and Caspian

New local hires and a Kazakhstan first as business invests to drive growth

Global integrated solutions specialist EnerMech has secured a number of OPEX and CAPEX contracts in core and new markets totalling (USD)$128 million across its Africa, Middle East and Caspian locations.

This success follows a programme of strategic growth activities including a new equipment investment of approx. (USD) $10 million, signing a number of in-country joint ventures and partnerships, and a major recruitment drive expanding the EnerMech team of local hires across these geographies by a projected 63%, in the next 12 months.

In total, a broad spectrum of 11 core competency projects have been awarded by eight key clients to the business in Angola, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Turkey and the UAE in the last nine months.

Having expanded its crane capabilities in Kazakhstan with a full team of local experts, the division has secured its first crane maintenance contract. The (USD) $6.7 million award will see the team delivering onshore and offshore crane maintenance, repair, inspection and certification services.

The other projects include valve maintenance services provided to a national oil company in the Middle East, crane maintenance and process, pipeline and umbilicals work for a major operator in Turkey and a turnaround and maintenance scope for a national LNG company in Angola.

EnerMech’s regional director for Africa, Middle East and Caspian, Paul Cockerill, said: “EnerMech’s long-standing global presence has allowed us to build a strong reputation across each region and we are beginning to see really strong results. We are known for our excellence in project delivery and this announcement pays testament to this.

“We have made a significant investment in our facilities and equipment such as our operating base Abu Dhabi, UAE and Doha, Qatar and formed a number of new local partnerships to deliver a top-class service for our customers. We have also further developed our capabilities through significant local recruitment, and we are particularly proud to say that our Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan facilities are now staffed entirely with homegrown talent.

“We have plans afoot to secure additional work and diversify our product offering further and expect we will require another 280 employees in the coming months. Our ambitions are high, and I am confident that we can continue to expand EnerMech across Africa, the Middle East and Caspian regions.”

EnerMech has been established in the Middle East since 2009, in Africa for over a decade and the Caspian for more than 13 years.

 

EnerMech To Deliver New OPITO Courses For UK Wind Sector

EnerMech has been approved to deliver two new OPITO standards to promote safer lifting operations for the wind sector. The accredited courses, Lift Planning For Basic Lifting Operations In The Wind Industry – Initial and Further Training, will be delivered from its base in the East of England.

Developed by the training body and alongside industry organizations, the global integrated solutions specialist delivered a pilot programme for the courses from its Great Yarmouth training facility earlier this year. The new standard was developed as safety data[1] revealed that lifting operations represented the highest number of reported incidents in 2020.

EnerMech has been delivering lifting operations training for more than 25 years. The new OPITO accreditation will support the company’s drive to ensure competence in this activity to promote a safer workplace at onshore and offshore wind sites. OPITO is the global, not-for-profit skills body for the energy sector.

The three-day initial course is directed at workers who participate in planning lifting activities as part of construction, operations, maintenance and decommissioning crews. The programme is also suitable for industry professionals who are transitioning their skills to the wind sector.

The coaching equips the trainees with the ability to perform lift planning and risk assessment of basic operations required for wind energy production.

Jennifer Batchelor, European Head of Training at EnerMech, said: “Identifying incident trends is paramount to ensuring the courses we deliver are meeting the needs of our clients in the wind sector. We were delighted to work with OPITO on the pilot programme and to add this new approval to our lifting safety programmes.

“Between now and 2030, the forecast investment in offshore wind is estimated to be over £70 billion creating more than 60,000 new jobs across the UK[2]. With the ability to deliver this new course in addition to our existing OPITO portfolio, we are well positioned to support the UK’s growing need for a safe and competent wind sector workforce.”

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown added: “With our experience in training spanning two and a half decades supporting personnel to achieve the necessary industry standard certifications to work in some of the most hazardous conditions with skill and competence, this brand new OPITO offshore wind course reinforces our commitment to the renewables industry and our base in the East of England. EnerMech Training has become a known and trusted training partner for organisations around the globe and I’m very proud of our team who continue to deliver outstanding work day in day out.”

Following the pilot stage of the OPITO lift planning course, EnerMech successfully attained the accreditation that ensures that worker certification is quality assured with competence based, consistent outcomes.

EnerMech has been delivering training from its Great Yarmouth base since 1995. It has over 100 courses available to support the industry.

 

EnerMech Scales Up Technical Team For Large Projects Following Successful First Quarter

Integrated solutions specialist, EnerMech, has bolstered its technical capabilities by appointing a new valve operations manager and three subject matter experts to its team. The news comes following the company’s announcement of a successful first quarter, reporting 71% higher revenue year on year, from existing client work and new projects.

The new hires enhance and strengthen EnerMech’s existing maintenance and engineering expertise across a wide range of industries. Joining the company’s resources are, Alan Venters (operations manager, valves), John Anthony (subject matter expert, valves), Peter Rhodes (subject matter expert, process) and Steven Wallace (subject matter expert, on-site machining services).

EnerMech’s regional director for Europe, Carl Mook, said: “Our personnel have delivered an exceptional performance throughout Q1 supporting the business as it continues to be the contractor of choice. As we grow, so does our exceptional depth of technically skilled people, further supporting our customer-driven approach. Our new experts bring a wealth of sectoral and client knowledge to underpin this strategy, ensuring we can scale up when needed.”

With a collective global industry experience of 100 years, the four new hires will join the UK business to support the delivery of niche individual services to fully extend the company’s integrated contracts, supporting new pre-commissioning, commissioning, maintenance and shut-down services across new and existing markets.

Alan Venters and John Anthony will boost the company’s technical capacity for large scale valve management projects across multiple sectors such as nuclear, infrastructure and waste-to-energy. Peter Rhodes, already the organisation’s ambassador for process knowledge, will support large scale onshore and offshore pre-commissioning contracts, while Steven Wallace will bring specialist on-site machining solutions expertise including defect and remedial repairs to process systems along with specialist on-site machining solutions and modifications.

Scott Ligertwood, head of process and industrial services at EnerMech, said: “Driven by experienced project managers, our success lies in our multiskilled team collaborating with our customers to develop cost-effective, reliable, and safe solutions.

“The addition of Alan, John, Peter and Steven’s expert knowledge could not have come at a better time as we look to kick off a range of projects. These new appointments will allow us to continue delivery of critical maintenance for ageing oil and gas assets, alongside the infrastructure associated with clean renewable energy and nuclear. Providing the best in service, I look forward to the next steps as we take on large-scale specialist programs alongside continued seasonal turnaround and shutdown work.”

Operating in 26 countries, last year EnerMech secured more than half-a-billion pounds of new business globally and invested (USD) $30m in new commissioning and pre-commissioning related equipment.

EnerMech Promotes Kenny Anderson to Global Strategy Director

EnerMech has strengthened its senior leadership team with the promotion of Kenny Anderson to the newly created role of strategy director.

In pursuit of driving the company’s growth priorities across its core markets, which include semiconductors, infrastructure, renewable and low carbon industries, Mr Anderson will be accountable for implementing strategies across the group with a focus on workforce capability development and increasing end market activities.

Based in Aberdeen, Mr. Anderson started his career in corporate finance working for Simmons & Company International. On joining EnerMech in 2014, he spent three years working in contractual and commercial roles before moving into a corporate position where he was part of the transaction team involved in securing investment from parent company, Carlyle Group. He then progressed to a strategic development managerial role with oversight of group-level reporting and business analytics.

Mr Anderson said: “This is an exciting time for EnerMech as we look to sustainably build our business aligned to our established goals. The crux of our strengths lie in the efficient integrated solutions our multi-disciplined workforce can deliver by combining experts, equipment, IP, and technology across the entire asset lifecycle for complex energy and infrastructure projects.

“I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with our regional managers to create strategies to deliver on our growth targets, build further momentum and uncover ways in which we can do things more effectively and inventively for our customers.”

Christian Brown, EnerMech CEO, added: “The addition of Kenny to the senior leadership team as our first strategy director ensures that we can yield his dynamic expertise and agile strategies across the global business as we empower our people further and build on the solid foundations that have already been established at EnerMech.

“He has been a much-valued member of our corporate team and the results Kenny has delivered have earned him the respect of our senior leadership team and the wider EnerMech regional organization. We look forward to working together with Kenny to shape and successfully roll out our global strategy.”

EnerMech’s Safety Agents Drive Change

James Cassin, EnerMech QHSE director looks at how the company’s innovative ENERGISE 2 programme is leading the way on health and safety training

If life during a global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how compassionate, resilient, and adaptable we can be. And for many, it’s been a time to take stock and reassess what matters the most, the health and wellbeing of their nearest and dearest.

As we mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, with its theme “act together to build a positive safety and health culture”, we can also reflect on how supporting one another continues to be the focus for a safe and successful workplace at EnerMech.

Our company motto is “I am safe, we are safer”, which is about the importance of every individual in the business working collaboratively as part of the team, for benefit of us all. We are committed to continually developing and supporting a workplace culture that puts the health and safety of our people, our customers, and our planet at the forefront of all we do.

We are proud of our health and safety record, but not complacent, and we never stop looking at ways that we can do more to better protect our employees, and to achieve our goal to ensure everyone goes home safe every day.

This is why we introduced ENERGISE 2, a sea change in how we deliver health and safety training to all our employees in a leadership position while continuing to complement the existing day-to day-safety training across all levels of the business.

ENERGISE 2 is a leadership training programme giving delegates more control to become agents for change. It is highly interactive and introspective encouraging and enabling a more proactive approach to improving workplace health and safety.

In partnership with our facilitators Karin Ovari and Andrew Burton, we delivered the first four courses on a face-to-face basis, but when the onset of COVID-19 and the pandemic changed the way the world worked and did business, we quickly adapted it from a live training programme to a virtual one.

This evolution proved highly successful. Two years on from the launch, over 250 leaders have completed the course, and we are already seeing the safety culture of the business making a shift in tandem with that.

Open to all personnel in leadership roles, it is built around a combination of workshops, coaching and walk-in sessions. It challenges delegates to look at their strengths and weaknesses, how they address those within the team and how they can effectively manage their own behaviours to invigorate their team’s safety performance. This helps them develop an overall understanding of what energises people to ensure better safety performance.

Cumulatively, completing all the elements of ENERGISE 2 is a four-month journey which gives five days of guidance, with ongoing access to coaches thereafter. And it’s this last element which makes the programmes so unique and effective. By providing access to further coaching, we are continuing to develop the skills of our leaders ensuring they can mentor their teams and strengthen our business.

Our motto at EnerMech is “I am safe, we are safer” and the results of our recent 2022 employee survey demonstrate that there is an increased awareness of this powerful statement’s meaning and importance.

With greater employee engagement reported across the business since we rolled out this training, we are in collective agreement that EnerMech has a strong safety culture and that we have a shared responsibility to one another to continue focusing on the safety of our actions to maintain this.

3t EnerMech JV Announces New Vice President to Reinforce Global Growth

Market-leading provider of training, technology and simulation solutions, 3t Energy Group (3t) and EnerMech a specialist service company delivering integrated solutions for complex energy and infrastructure projects, has announced the appointment of Paul Attrill as Vice President Global Sales to the 3t EnerMech joint venture.

3t EnerMech is a strategic alliance combining expert instruction, best in-class facilities and market-leading knowledge from 3t Energy Group and EnerMech to create sustainable training management solutions.

Based in the UAE, Paul has been instrumental in the growth of 3t’s global operations and for the past 11 years he has lead expansion in key regions including China and the Middle East.  With continued success in also Qatar and Guyana, Paul and the combined global EnerMech and 3t team will lead the growth strategy to shape the future training requirements for the 3t EnerMech client base.

Launched in 2021, 3t EnerMech has already secured a significant contract with the Guyanese Government to develop and deliver key skills programmes for Guyanese nationals.  Together with a pioneering venture with Orinduik Development Incorporated a new Training Centre is being constructed which will deliver Guyana’s first in-country, state-of-the-art training facility for the local workforce. The achievements to date will harnesses the extensive track-record of 3t EnerMech solutions through sector-leading businesses 3t AIS Survivex, 3t Drilling Systems, 3t Transform and EnerMech.

With a focus on world-leading training and competency solutions encompassing a blend of traditional training, digital learning technologies and training compliance management platforms, the joint venture supports its global clients by enhancing and developing its clients’ people for a safer and more efficient workforce.

Commenting on his new role, Paul said, “I am delighted to be moving into this new strategic position to drive the growth of 3t EnerMech and support our global client base through our industry-recognized blended approach of traditional in-person training and digitalized workforce management solutions.  Being part of 3t Energy Group’s continued growth over the past decade has allowed me to see the incredible value our training solutions bring to our client-base, specifically through the Energy Transition and supporting our customers to become safer and more agile.  I’m excited to be working with new colleagues from EnerMech and the next phase of our global growth strategy to shape the future of training for the range of sectors we operate in.”

Kevin Franklin, CEO, 3t Energy Group, added: “It is an exciting move for both Paul and 3t EnerMech – Paul has extensive experience with the Group, its businesses and global operations.  With our ongoing focus on domestic and international growth to deliver solutions for a safer and more productive workforce, as a Group we also have a committed team to deliver our environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities.  We are fully invested in building a strong and committed organisation to aid our growth strategy by transforming training with technology and help solve our clients’ training challenges, particularly within new emerging markets.”

3t Energy Group is a leader in oil and gas and wind energy training underpinning its commitment and expertise in the energy transition process.

EnerMech is a specialist service company delivering integrated solutions for complex energy and infrastructure projects. The company delivers value to its customers by combining experts, equipment, IP and technology across the entire asset lifecycle.

 

EnerMech’s new Azerbaijan partnership with Oil & Gas Proserv secures contracts with operators worth (USD) $3m

A new joint venture (JV) between EnerMech and Oil & Gas Proserv (OGP), an affiliated company of Nobel Energy Group in Azerbaijan, has secured its first two contracts in the region totalling (USD) $3 million.

It is also expected to result in a recruitment drive later this year in line with the organisation’s ongoing commitment to local workforce employment and development to help actuate further business growth.

EnerMech is a global integrated mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity services specialist, which also has facilities in the Caspian regions of Georgia and Kazakhstan. It has been operating in Azerbaijan for 12 years, steadily building up its presence and investment in employing and developing Azerbaijani nationals.

The new EnerMech OGP partnership will leverage EnerMech’s integrated supply, operations, maintenance and engineering solutions and specialisms alongside OGP’s local expertise, technologies and effective management for delivering enhanced oil recovery.

The first award is a $2 million contract to deliver engineering, lube oil flushing, accumulator charging and N2 He leak testing, to support a significant development which includes a new offshore platform and facilities designed to process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day when it comes on-stream next year, and 300 million barrels in its lifetime.

The second is a $1 million campaign to support the development of the Absheron gas-condensate field. Located offshore approximately 100km south of Baku, it is estimated to contain 350 billion cubic metres of gas, along with more than 45 million tonnes of condensate. The work scope for the partnership includes engineering, flange management, N2 He leak testing, drying and inerting of all topsides piping and vessels for this project.

OGP general director Eldar Maharramov said: “OGP was set up in Azerbaijan 17 years ago to bring new technologies, effective management and local expertise to the oil and gas industry. We are very pleased to be joining forces with EnerMech as this will effectively double our capacity and competences and increase the quality and efficiency of our services across new strategic campaigns.

“We look forward to working together to deliver these first two campaigns secured under the new JV, and the ongoing impact the partnership will have in supporting further employment locally.”

EnerMech’s regional director for Africa, Middle East & Caspian Paul Cockerill said: “EnerMech has been operating in the region since winning a flagship crane and lifting contract in 2010. Since then, our foothold in the region for delivering our core services has continued to expand as has our commitment to sharing knowledge, best practise, and safety competencies to upskill the local workforce.

“Securing OGP as a JV partner has increased our capabilities with additional talent and technologies which complement our existing teams, services, and products. We will also be looking to recruit more Azerbaijani nationals as these two new projects get underway in the coming months”.

“Both campaigns are significant business wins and support our strategic growth in the region. We have also invested (USD) $1million in new equipment to enhance our fleet. With this robust infrastructure in place, we look forward to building on our existing relationship with customers in the region and forging new bonds.”

EnerMech Reveals Plans to Drive Growth in Europe and Africa

EnerMech has hired Carl Mook as new regional director for Europe and expanded Paul Cockerill’s role to oversee Africa in addition to his current Middle East and Caspian remit.

The new senior structure will help drive further growth for the firm’s Europe and Africa operations in line with the firm’s global strategic objectives to gain further traction in the renewables, nuclear, industrial and infrastructure sectors, as well as continuing to support its oil and gas clients. The business will leverage both leaders’ expertise to span responsibilities focusing on the two continents, as well as scaling up teams when required in the Middle East and Caspian region.

Mr Mooks joins EnerMech with 30 years’ international leadership experience in engineering consultancy and design, asset management, operations and maintenance, inspection services technology and asset integrity. He has held several senior roles in his career, including executive vice president at Penspen and vice president of process and pipeline services at Baker Hughes.

Paul Cockerill has been EnerMech’s regional director Middle East and Caspian for almost two years and has been pivotal in the business securing several transformational projects and pre-commissioning campaigns in the region. He has significant experience in Africa, having previously held senior positions at Halliburton in Angola, Congo and Nigeria for 16 years where he was instrumental in increasing market share and developing local workforces. His new title is regional director Africa, Middle East, and Caspian.

EnerMech has more than 40 operational bases around the world delivering its specialist integrated mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity solutions across multiple sectors to support clients with pre-commissioning campaigns through operations and maintenance work and late-life support/decommissioning requirements.

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “The Europe and Africa region has been delivering a solid performance for the business, which is a direct result of our teams in these geographies delivering excellence day in, day out. However, we are not a company to rest on its laurels.

“Paul has delivered exceptional results in the Middle East and Caspian. Widening his portfolio to support our Africa operations, means we can rapidly scale up our teams as more campaigns and megaprojects are won.

“The wealth of experience and enthusiasm Carl brings to the business will help us to further develop our European operations with a pin-sharp focus on securing new business as well as overseeing existing project work.

“As a global business we are accomplishing great work for our clients across the oil and gas, renewables, nuclear and industrial markets despite the many challenges the world is experiencing right now. I’m particularly proud of our workforce who continue to deliver the quality of work our customers have come to rely on us for.”

EnerMech Secures Five-Year Inspection and Cranes Maintenance Contract with INPEX

EnerMech has been awarded a five-year onshore and offshore inspection services, lifting equipment and crane maintenance contract by INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (“INPEX”) to support INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG.

Ichthys LNG is ranked amongst the most significant energy developments in the world. The Ichthys Field is located about 220 kilometres offshore Western Australia and 820 kilometres southwest of Darwin covering an area of around 800 km2 in water averaging depths of around 250 metres. Gas and condensate from the Ichthys Field are exported to onshore facilities for processing near Darwin via an 890-kilometre pipeline.

Starting in May, EnerMech will project manage and deliver campaigns consisting of the supply of lifting and rigging equipment, testing, certification and the provision of 24-hour crane maintenance and technical support.

EnerMech’s cranes & lifting division has strengthened its core team of specialist engineers, maintenance technicians, offshore inspectors and support staff with a local Darwin recruitment campaign underway to support the ILNG work requirements. It has also invested in new equipment and tooling containers.

EnerMech has 26 locations worldwide, including eight in Australia. It launched its Perth office in 2009 and has expanded across the country to provide a full complement of its mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and inspection services to a wide range of industries. It has been active in Darwin for the past 12 years, supporting clients including INPEX and major operators.

This is its second contract direct with INPEX. In December 2020, EnerMech won a five-year contract to support Ichthys LNG Phase 2 through the supply of nitrogen and specialised pressure testing services.

EnerMech’s regional director for APAC Garry Ford, said: “This five-year contract with INPEX represents a significant expansion of EnerMech’s cranes and lifting operations in Australia. As a globally recognized centre of engineering excellence, this work further demonstrates our multi-disciplinary and agile capabilities, integral across our existing portfolio with other major organisations in the country.

“The scope also firmly positions EnerMech as the largest cranes and lifting maintenance services company in the region. We have a highly skilled team with a wide range of specialised skills. We are very pleased to be able to grow our team with the local talent in-country and social enterprises, allowing us to support the local Darwin economy.

“We look forward to starting this new contract with INPEX and delivering safe and continuous onshore and offshore technical support and maintenance services.”

International Women’s Day 2022

The Valves Coordinator who is helping the next generation of female mechanics spread their wings.

This International Women’s Day, EnerMech valves coordinator Wendy Scholes, grandmother of 14 and mother of four, is a shining example of a female continuing to #BreakTheBias as she leads the way for a new generation of women entering the mechanical sector.

With a career which spans more than three decades, Wendy’s accomplishments throughout her 20-plus years in the energy industry prove that anything is possible, tying in with EnerMech’s values and culture where the focus is on deploying the best person suited to each campaign’s requirements from the wealth of talent it employs across each of its 40 international bases.

Juggling her busy home life alongside a demanding career, Wendy has been a beacon of inspiration and firmly establishing herself and setting a path for other women to follow. Based in Queensland, Australia, she joined the company in 2017 with more than 12 years’ prior valve experience, including completing a fitter and turner apprenticeship at a mature age.

It was her father who inspired her to enter the mechanical industry. He had been a fitter for a leading international construction manufacturer. “Having grown up surrounded by mechanics, my progression into the industry felt natural,” she explained.

As a valves coordinator, Wendy’s typical duties include managing the quoting for repairs and overhauls, developing client reports and assisting valve techs on site. Recently, she was involved in a large, three-week project in Western Australia, which involved removing 245 valves, overhauling and replacing them.

A large portion of Wendy’s role is mentoring younger team members, working closely alongside them as they attempt to identify problems and strategize effective solutions. “I truly enjoy mentoring the newer generation moving into the mechanical industry at EnerMech, through workshops or apprenticeship schemes, particularly nurturing new female talent,” she commented. “Recently, I was proud to recommend a young female apprentice to EnerMech, whom I’d taken under my wing throughout several mechanical workshops within our valves division, and she will soon be joining the company permanently.”

Since joining EnerMech four years ago, Wendy has noticed far more women entering the energy industry, noting that when she completed her apprenticeship in 2010, she was the only woman. She added: “I believe that with more of our key clients forging ahead with diversity in their workplaces, it has set a precedent for EnerMech to continue creating more diverse, inclusive opportunities and job roles outside of just the corporate sphere”.

This is a true change of pace to the male dominated industry which she began her career in, as Wendy explained: “It has been difficult at times; I’ve often felt the need to prove myself and my knowledge. It could be challenging ensuring that my male colleagues understood my knowledge and background make me the perfect person for the job, despite any preconception based on my gender”.

Wendy has enjoyed several career highlights to date, most notably becoming the first Australian female to receive a Farris PSV certificate in 2008. “It was an honour to receive this coveted safety certificate,” she said. “My hope is that more women across the valves division of EnerMech will also be accredited with this prestigious certification.”

When asked what advice she would give to any women considering a career in the industry, Wendy’s response was that which she has tried to impart to her own children and grandchildren that “anything is possible”.

 

3t EnerMech, Orinduik Development and Windsor Technologies to Launch Guyana’s First Oil and Gas Training Centre

New 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence support in-country skills, safety training and certifications for local offshore workforce.

A pioneering venture between 3t EnerMech and Orinduik Development Incorporated Training Centre will deliver Guyana’s first in-country, state-of-the-art training facility for the local workforce, supporting the development of the country’s fast growing offshore oil and gas sector. This venture will provide an industry-leading and internationally accredited facility in alignment with building on the recent enacted local content policy.

Established to empower and provide Guyanese with key skills and training certifications that are required to work in the offshore environment, the new 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence combines expert instruction in-classroom training facilities, blended learning software and technology, as well as fully immersive simulators for high hazard activity learning.

Located in Lusignan, over (USD) $20 million has been invested into the infrastructure by Orinduik, Windsor and 3t EnerMech. EnerMech, the global integrated solutions specialist, is one half of the 3t EnerMech strategic alliance which draws on EnerMech’s experience and track record, complemented by 3t Energy Group’s world-renowned training capability, learning technology solutions and training management services, to deliver best-in-class learning experiences specifically tailored for its clients.

The 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence is set to become the first regional Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) internationally accredited training provider in Guyana. It will also deliver the country’s first OPITO approved, Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) certification, as well as providing a controlled environment to deliver scenario-based firefighting emergency response training when relevant accreditations are secured early in 2022.

Joseph Lichon, president Americas for EnerMech said: “It’s our mission to develop local content globally and to help create safer, smarter, more sustainable workforces. Until now, Guyana nationals working in the oil and gas sector would be required to travel to Trinidad and Tobago, the US or Canada, for accredited training, making it very costly and time consuming. This is compounded by the logistical challenges of the pandemic including travel restrictions, additional requirements, and limited flight availability.”

Paul Knowles, VP Training for 3t Energy Group added: “With Orinduik constructing the 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence, coupled with our expertise, technologies, and programmes, we are providing a full package to help support the country’s personnel to excel in the oil and gas sector. We are very proud to play a critical role Guyana’s future and enhance its economic prosperity by making accredited skills and safety training available in country for the first time.”

Orinduik is also in the process of building Guyana’s first commercial heliport as part of a wider complex which will incorporate the new training centre, an aviation/marine Polytechnic School as well as a hotel and business centre.

The 3t EnerMech Guyana Training Centre of Excellence will be located in Lusignan, in close proximity to the East Coast Highway, approximately 10km east of Central Georgetown, and placed strategically for easy access for both local and international delegates working in the Offshore market.

Harrychand Tulsi, Chairman of Orinduik said, “Construction of the Training Centre is expected to be completed in June 2022 and we are very excited to be partnered with 3t EnerMech in delivering world class training and certifications as we build a skilled and safe local workforce for the expanding offshore market. This demonstrates our support and alignment with the Government’s commitment to training and employment of Guyanese in key positions in this sector.”

Jennifer Batchelor’s Q&A with Hart Energy’s E&P newsletter

Developing a sustainable workforce  

The energy industry has been through a significant period of transformation in recent years. Accelerated by the energy transition and challenges of Covid-19, the training sector has had to adapt, ensuring that the future workforce is upskilled and capable to support the growing needs of the industry.

We spoke with Jennifer Batchelor, European Head of Training at EnerMech, a specialist provider of integrated mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity services, to discuss the evolving market.

What have been the key developments in the training market in the last five years?

 In the last few years, there has been significant changes to how the energy industry is approaching people development. As safety standards continue to increase, organisations have moved towards more competency-based courses so that they can clearly demonstrate to stakeholders that their workforce is truly competent in the services that they are delivering. This has also resulted in more focus on courses mandated by regulations or formal accreditations which means training providers are having to work harder to demonstrate a high-quality service which meets customer demands.

Traditionally, training would often take place in a classroom setting with large groups all learning at the same time. While there is still a place for this style of learning, there has been a real transition to more hands-on training where there is more emphasis placed on ‘doing’ as opposed to learning through listening.

There has also been a noticeable shift towards multi-skilling personnel, which is linked to companies trying to gain greater efficiencies in their operations. By upskilling the workforce to allow them to do several roles, this results in less resources and logistics and therefore, a lower project carbon footprint.

How has technology evolved to support current training requirements?

While the use of technology was already a growing trend, the Covid-19 pandemic really accelerated this movement as the world adapted to remote working, and training, to comply with regional restrictions. One of the key benefits technology offers is the ability to personalise a programme to an individuals’ specific needs. For instance, in relation to crane operators, if it’s identified that the trainee requires more practice in operating a specific crane model or lifting specific loads, we can utilise advanced simulators to conduct these tasks repeatedly to build up confidence and skills before the operator is deployed offshore.

At EnerMech, we recently invested half-a-million pounds in advanced crane simulator training systems at our bases in Luanda, Angola, Doha, Qatar and Great Yarmouth, UK. The system is delivered through powerful PCs and high-resolution screens and exposes trainees to a range of operating conditions including dangerous or high-risk circumstances in a controlled environment, delivering significant safety benefits. This allows them to gain experience in challenging situations such as equipment malfunctions and adverse weather conditions. As this technology continues to progress, I think we’ll also see the use of Virtual Reality (VR) more commonly adopted to provide an even greater immersive experience.

How can training companies adapt to the evolving energy industry demands?

 It’s important to always listen and recognise the changing needs of the sector, particularly as it continues its journey to net zero. The ability to offer more bespoke programmes for people development has become increasingly important, as an ‘off the shelf’ approach becomes less attractive to many companies. At EnerMech, we’ve been working with a number of major businesses on a consultancy basis to evaluate and identify gaps in their current programmes to ensure that they are addressing the needs of their workforce and customers.

It’s also essential that training providers in the energy sector adapt to support the growing requirement for skills in the renewables market. By applying the extensive experience and knowledge from oil and gas, many workers are ideally placed to support the growing number of projects in the wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen markets with the correct training which opens a world of new opportunities for the future workforce.

 

EnerMech’s Equipment Investment and Strategic Partnerships Help Win (USD) $100m in Global Pre-Commissioning Projects

EnerMech has secured over (USD) $100m of pre-commissioning and new pipeline contract awards, following a (USD) $30m equipment investment programme across its global locations, to support its continued growth in these sectors.

This targeted investment represents a significant expansion to its specialist equipment fleet of compressors, air dryers, booster compressors, nitrogen tanks, nitrogen membrane units, downlines and fluid pumps, expanding its operational capability in the pre-commissioning sector. This approach has secured 10 significant new contracts including key awards in Mozambique, Guyana, Trinidad, Turkey and Australia.

These campaigns encompass a range of pre-commissioning services which cover full project requirements from deep-water flooding and testing, umbilical monitoring and testing, pipeline dewatering and commissioning, plus supporting specialist services on the associated process facilities.

Amongst the new wins is a five-year project with Chevron Australia to deliver its integrated services to the operator’s Western oil and gas assets which commenced in 2021. The work scope includes specialized cleaning, nitrogen purging and process plant drying, integrity leak and pressure testing, hydraulic hose integrity management and specialist hydraulic services.

Supporting this growth, EnerMech has further reinforced its project management capabilities, signing an exclusive agreement with Offshore Technical Services Ltd (OTS). This has uniquely positioned the organization as a market leader in full cycle project management, with the capability to both manage the completions, pre-commissioning and commissioning activities whilst also providing the associated specialist services, all under a single entity contract.

To further expand its pre-commissioning resources, EnerMech agreed a strategic deal with a global provider of air drilling services. The partnership provides EnerMech with access to up to (USD) $15million worth of equipment from the existing fleet of air compression, booster compression, nitrogen generation, and field personnel, which will further support the company’s expansion efforts.

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “In the last 12 months we have taken robust, concerted steps to expand and improve our integrated pre-commissioning, commissioning and pipeline capabilities globally across the LNG, nuclear, oil and gas, hydrogen and renewable sectors.

 

“Our combined (USD) $30m investment in equipment and new strategic partnerships clearly demonstrates our commitment to the sector as we continue to enhance our current offering. These latest developments ensure we are ideally placed to deliver our expertise to large-scale projects as well as niche ones, to drive safer and more efficient operations globally.”

EnerMech Appoints New Regional Director for Asia Pacific

EnerMech has appointed Garry Ford as Regional Director for Asia Pacific to drive further business growth across the energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors and strengthen its existing oil and gas operations in the region.

Mr Ford joins the company from SNC Lavalin where he was most recently executive vice president – Americas and Europe. He brings more than three decades of senior industry experience with expertise in engineering, construction, commissioning and modular build oil and gas processing.

Based in Perth, Australia, Mr Ford has a proven track record in leading multi-million-dollar projects across Europe, Russia, Asia, Caribbean, Middle East, Australia, and the Americas. This includes some of the most significant liquified natural gas (LNG) developments in the world including the landmark Ichthys’ and globally recognized Gorgon projects in Australia.

In his new role, Mr Ford will be responsible for building on EnerMech’s established presence in Asia Pacific with a key focus on expanding the business’ increasingly diverse project portfolio.

He takes over the reins from current regional director for Asia Pacific, Paul McCarthy, who has been instrumental in the region’s success. Paul has elected to take up a newly created role, VP Projects for Asia Pacific, where his vast cross-sector experience will be utilized to lead and focus on EnerMech’s most significant contract in the region, Australia’s WestConnex motorway development. Mr McCarthy will remain a key member of EnerMech’s senior leadership team from the company’s base in Sydney, Australia.

Mr Ford said: “EnerMech has an unparalleled reputation globally and it’s an exciting time to be joining the company as it continues to drive forward its diversification strategy in Asia Pacific. The business has a strong understanding of the markets it operates within, and I look forward to enhancing our current offering while expanding our existing footprint in the energy and infrastructure sectors.”

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “Despite the challenges of the last 18 months, our operations in Asia Pacific, and particularly Australia, have continued to gather pace with a number of significant, multi-million-dollar project wins. This success is a testament to our experienced teams in the region who continue to deliver an exceptionally high quality of work to ensure safety and efficiency are gained at all stages of operations.

“The addition of Garry to our leadership team will significantly strengthen our expertise and place us in a robust position for securing new business this year. His breadth of experience combined with his commitment to high safety standards and continuous improvement will be a huge asset to EnerMech.”

EnerMech Starts 2022 With Over £500 Million of New Awards

With more than a half-billion-pounds of new contracts secured in the last 12 months, EnerMech has kicked off 2022 by breaking into new geographies and business territories. Starting work in January on several significant campaigns, including numerous transformational mega-projects around the world.

During 2021, EnerMech was awarded over £500 million of business with new and existing clients across its target end markets, including the energy, renewables, infrastructure, nuclear and waste-to-energy sectors.

With some projects already underway, and new ones commencing imminently, the firm has increased its headcount by approximately 30% compared to 2020.

Last year, in response to the headwinds caused by low oil prices and the impact of coronavirus restrictions, EnerMech adopted a swift and proactive approach to the market that complemented its diversification strategy, with a priority focus on the health and wellbeing of its people while continuing to deliver consistent and safe service to its clients. The company also added innovative technologies and solutions to its portfolio, enhancing its capability offering to support its entry into new markets.

Sandeep Sharma, CFO of EnerMech said: “The diligent and responsive measures we adopted last year, as well as the investments we made, have had a truly positive impact on our people, our clients and our business. This success, combined with our ongoing resilience and determination, has set us on course for continued growth this year and beyond, growth that will safeguard jobs and create new ones.”

EnerMech CEO, Christian Brown, added: “After winning more than half a billion pounds of new business in the last 12 months, 2022 will be a very busy year for us. We are delivering several milestone campaigns for existing and new clients in the sectors we have traditionally supported, as well as new end markets and new regions, where clients value the reliability and safe delivery across all phases of the project lifecycle for which we are known.

“As well as having a healthy order book, we also have new opportunities on the near horizon. Our people are expert at listening to our clients’ needs and providing astute, tailor-made solutions, helping to grow our business and reputation for being a customer-focused, responsive partner.

“Our strengthened position is testament to the talent we have in-house and their hard work in these challenging times. We remain committed to the safety, development and well-being of our people, and I’m extremely proud of the excellent work they continue to deliver. I would like to thank all our teams for their continued dedication over the past 12 months.”

 

3t EnerMech Becomes First International Business to Support Guyanese Nationals With World-Class Training

3t EnerMech has secured a significant contract in South America with the Guyanese Government. As a result of the award win, the strategic alliance between 3t Energy Group and EnerMech, will become the first training organisation from outside of Guyana to set up a base in country and deliver training directly on behalf of the government.

Supporting the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Service, the organisation will provide its world-leading innovative and sustainable training solutions to help upskill the people of Guyana with technical and competency skills to support roles across multiple sectors via the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL).

As part of the workscope, 3t EnerMech will develop and deliver a three-stage core trade skills programme through a scholarship scheme. This will provide trainees with the required knowledge to enter the workplace and gain further development via an employer-backed apprenticeship.

The first two phases, which will be delivered by 3t EnerMech in partnership with Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL), will assess candidates existing experience and abilities, and equip them with a strong foundation of health and safety knowledge. This will be delivered via 3t EnerMech’s leading e-learning solutions, using digital technologies, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

During the final stage, individuals will choose from one of three industry-agnostic ‘technical pathways’ and receive interactive, in-person training from experienced instructors. Once complete, all candidates will be awarded an industry recognised Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Level One certification in their chosen discipline.

Christian Brown, CEO of EnerMech, said: “When we launched 3t EnerMech earlier this year, the whole philosophy and ethos of the alliance was to apply our combined expertise in training and technology to develop local content globally and ultimately deliver a safer and more sustainable global workforce. This contract is a significant award for the business and highlights the value that regional governments see in our service offering, which supports numerous industries including mining, nuclear, oil and gas, industrial and renewables.”

Kevin Franklin, CEO of 3t Energy Group added “South America, and Guyana in particular, has been a key focus for 3t EnerMech and we have worked closely with the Guyana Government’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Service to tailor our services to their specific requirements. We are committed to upskilling the national workforce and look forward to working closely in country with ECITB and the Ministry of Education to deliver our high-quality training to support the Guyanese and the local economy.”

Professor Jacob, who heads up Guyana Online Academy of Learning, said: “This type of training is a completely new concept for our region and the benefit it brings to our workforce is significant as we look to increase our local content capabilities. Giving local people an internationally recognised level of training such as an ECITB qualification will not only advance our country and economy but help build a more skilled and efficient workforce in Guyana.”

3t EnerMech will look to launch the first phase of the in-country training with the first cohort of 150 scholars due to start on the scheme before the end of the year.

EnerMech Secures Three-Year Equipment Rental Contract Extension With Petrofac

EnerMech has confirmed a three-year extension deal with Petrofac, taking the two company’s working relationship beyond the 10-year mark.

Having held the contract since 2012, the 57-strong Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth team will continue to support the leading energy GS services firm with rental equipment delivery across all its UK operations until 2024. The work scope includes rigging and lifting, safety, measuring, electrical, air powered, hand tools, and welding and torquing equipment.

EnerMech was awarded the continuation following a competitive in-depth commercial and technical review. The organization’s 24/7 technical support, combined with its in-house data management system, EnerMech Live, were cited as key components to its success. The user-friendly system stores key information on customers’ equipment to streamline the storage, maintenance and management of their assets. It can be accessed around the clock from anywhere in the world to improve equipment monitoring.

Ross McHardy, Regional Director, Europe and Africa, commented: “We’re exceptionally proud to be extending our relationship with Petrofac for a further three years. During the last nine years, we have developed an in-depth knowledge of their operations, working practices and requirements. I’d like to thank our highly skilled and dedicated people who have been integral to this latest award win as they continue to be recognized for delivering a first-class service across our equipment rental projects.

“As the industry continues to focus on project efficiencies, our EnerMech Live technology offers an effective solution to equipment management and we’re very pleased to see Petrofac continuing to adopt this system. We are experiencing a growing demand for this solution as our customers realize the benefits it delivers across asset management, offering instant online access to data which is tailored specifically to their needs.”

EnerMech Secures Contract To Support TAQA’s UKCS Portfolio For Next Five Years

EnerMech has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver tensioning, torquing and associated services across all of TAQA’s North Sea platforms.

Under the new contract, EnerMech will deliver these services on the Cormorant Alpha, North Cormorant, Eider Alpha, Harding, Tern Alpha, Brae Alpha, and East Brae platforms.

The contract builds on EnerMech’s existing seven-year relationship with TAQA in the UK. EnerMech’s regional director for Europe and Africa, Ross McHardy, said: “We have been successfully carrying out work across TAQA’s North Sea assets since 2014 and are looking forward to providing further safe, responsive and reliable services under this new contract for flange management and bolting services.”

 

EnerMech Forms Strategic Alliance With OTS

Exclusive agreement boosts EnerMech’s capacity to offer unrivalled and premiere global project completions services.

EnerMech has formed a strategic alliance with Offshore Technical Services Ltd (OTS) to further support the execution of its large capital projects around the globe. The exclusive agreement positions the organization as a market leader in full-cycle project completions.

EnerMech operates in 40 key locations in 26 countries and provides integrated solutions for complex energy and infrastructure projects. The business has several large-scale campaigns currently underway, including a five-year scope of work with Chevron Australia to support its Western Australian oil and gas plant facilities, as well as downstream projects in Africa and the US.

OTS has four locations throughout North America and since it was established in 2005, boasts a proven track record of successfully delivering dozens of industry-changing projects.

This new collaboration will give EnerMech access to thousands of complementary, highly skilled personnel from OTS to seamlessly bolster its workforce and support new large-scale wins in the LNG, nuclear, oil and gas, hydrogen and renewables sectors.

The new unified approach will enhance EnerMech’s ability to take projects from the construction/mechanical completion stage through to operations handover by combining all aspects of pre-commissioning/commissioning engineering, controls, support and equipment across all disciplines and packages. This includes peripheral testing and integrity services, using existing in-house expertise and a combination of resources. As a result, EnerMech’s clients will benefit from enhanced continuity of planning, execution, interface reduction, and even greater certainty for project delivery.

EnerMech chief executive, Christian Brown, said: “The alliance agreement with OTS has elevated our business into the unique position of being a leading company with the resources and expertise to be able to deliver concurrent full cycle project completions. We are fully committed to providing the highest quality of work reliably and safely across all sizes of projects and have very rigorous processes in place to assure this. OTS shares the same motivations and principles, making them the ideal fit to complement and amplify our robust workforce requirements for large-scale global operations, where they have exemplary experience.

“With OTS’ personnel combined with our talented pool of people, we are well placed to capitalise rapidly on the many opportunities in the LNG, oil and gas, nuclear and hydrogen sectors. Our unified knowledge and experience offers a unique project life cycle leadership and execution format which fully supports our continued mega-deal ambitions across the industrial and energy arena.”

Rodney Colbourne, OTS president added: “OTS’ experience in the pre-commissioning and commissioning industry is second to none, spanning multiple industries and administering safe and efficient start-up of operations to multiple capital projects throughout North America.

“Our capabilities for project completions and real time reporting helps our clients solve issues on major projects and combined with EnerMech’s experienced resources and capabilities we strongly feel that we offer the market a unique solution to project execution. Bringing our practices together to the global stage will allow both parties to grow and benefit for years to come.”

EnerMech Invests in New Crane Training Tech to Support Safe Lifting Operations

UK, Qatar and Angola training centers equipped with world-leading crane simulators to improve safety critical decision making

EnerMech has invested half-a-million pounds in advanced crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The investment forms part of the company’s ongoing commitment to provide clients with the latest high quality and innovative solutions that enhance and support safe lifting operations.

Utilising the very latest simulator technology, the KraneSIM models support clients across the drilling, engineering, subsea, production and construction sectors, and use the most cutting-edge, progressive graphics to create realistic training conditions.

Delivered via suites of powerful PCs and high-resolution screens, KraneSIM technology exposes trainees to a range of operating conditions including dangerous circumstances which cannot be replicated safely in real life. This allows crane operators to build the necessary decision-making skills to safely negotiate situations that include equipment malfunctions, adverse weather conditions and human factors.

The system delivers a wide range of training environments including fixed installations, floating platforms and vessels, with various crane models, load-types and subsea configurations.  During deck lifting and supply vessel lifting operations, the trainees experience a variety of dynamic environments, emergency situations and communications skills tests which cannot be safely replicated in real life.

EnerMech’s Head of Training Jennifer Batchelor said: “Undertaking crane lifting operations safely is a highly skilled job, and ensuring personnel are competent and certified to support this is essential. The KraneSIM technology creates a safe environment for operators to build confidence and develop strong decision-making skills under pressure that could ultimately save lives and negate downtime offshore.

“We have been utilizing Drilling Systems world-class simulator technologies to support safe and efficient lifting operations training for our clients in the global energy and infrastructure industries since 2005. As part of our ongoing growth, this £500k investment allows for training, competence assessment, pre-employment testing, and supporting emergency management across a further three of our clients’ key geographies and truly cements the 3t EnerMech joint venture aim of delivering world-class training services.”

Andy Noble, VP of recently launched joint venture 3t EnerMech, which is a strategic partnership between EnerMech and leading Training and Competency Organization 3t Energy Group, said: “Our joint venture provides local skills-development across client organizations globally. By bringing the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola in particular, we offer the highest quality in-country training and assessment experience available to local employers and employees. The KraneSIM-60 portable simulator in the UK will build on our existing capability and flexible approach to clients’ training needs.”

EnerMech’s training arm was established 25 years ago and currently delivers 116 courses to its global network. As well as its training facilities in Great Yarmouth, Luanda and Doha, it also has centers in Aberdeen, Kemaman and Singapore.

 

EnerMech Among First to be Granted ‘Fit 4 Offshore Renewables’ Status in England

EnerMech’s specialist capability and growing involvement in the renewables market has been recognised with the award of the coveted ‘granted status’ by the ‘Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR)’ programme.

This programme was developed by the UK’s industry-leading technology, innovation and research organisation, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, to support the development of a world-class, domestic supply chain focused on the renewables industry. As part of the very first cohort of organisations to achieve this within the New Anglia programme, and linked to EnerMech’s renewables centre of excellence at Great Yarmouth, EnerMech is recognised as being in the vanguard of industry best practice in this area.

EnerMech was granted F4OR status following an exhaustive and highly competitive process initially involving over 50 applicant companies. EnerMech’s proven ability to operate to the most exacting performance standards, supporting clients’ assets across the full lifecycle and commitment to collaborative working underpinned the company’s selection for the rigorous 12-18 month scheme.

Alex Goude, responsible for Strategic Development across the company’s Europe region said: “We are delighted to be accepted into this highly regarded and ambitious New Anglia F4OR programme. The programme aligns with our strategic commitment to becoming a leading specialist services partner of choice to those at the forefront of the transformation of the renewable energy industry offshore. As the UK transitions its energy mix to support the country’s net-zero carbon emissions targets, this sector offers EnerMech a wealth of opportunity”

EnerMech’s Regional Director for Europe and Africa, Ross McHardy added: “We have a highly skilled workforce who successfully support our clients across the energy and infrastructure sectors with their ability to deliver critical mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity campaigns. Our centre of renewable energy excellence based at Great Yarmouth is ideally located to support the growing offshore renewable energy market both here in the UK and internationally”.

Andrew Stormonth-Darling, ORE Catapult’s Fit 4 Offshore Renewables Programme Manager added: “We’re delighted that EnerMech has joined the ever-growing community of those with Fit 4 Offshore Renewables ‘Granted’ status. EnerMech has proven that is has the necessary business acumen, including in key disciplines such as health & safety and people management, and the know-how to apply that knowledge of the sector to target key corners of the market, and boost its chances of winning business.  EnerMech will now be able to access new opportunities to engage with major industry stakeholders who could end up being their future customers.”

EnerMech Names David Molloy as New General Counsel and Head of Contracts

Global integrated solutions specialist EnerMech has appointed David Molloy as General Counsel and Head of Contracts to support the business as it continues to grow in new territories and regions.

Licensed to practice law since 1999, Mr. Molloy has more than 20 years’ in-house legal experience in the energy sector. Most recently, he was the General Counsel and member of the executive team developing a large-scale private equity owned and operated petroleum refinery complex.

He also spent five years at SNC Lavalin as lead lawyer for the 20,000-employee oil and gas engineering and construction business, which operates in 36 countries. While there, he successfully managed a legal team of 60 across the globe responsible for negotiating contracts totaling multi-billion-dollar revenues. He also implemented legal frameworks agreements and managed the integration of three legacy organizations.

Prior to this, Mr. Molloy also held the senior corporate counsel role at Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc., in Houston for three years. Here, he led the legal team that provided legal support for a refinery and three petrochemical facilities and their associated product streams. He was also the sole in-house attorney responsible for all aspects of the (USD) $3 billion refinery expansion.

EnerMech specializes in providing integrated supply, operations, maintenance and engineering solutions to the international energy and infrastructure sectors, from pre-commissioning through operations and maintenance and late-life support. Headquartered in Aberdeen (UK), it operates in 40 key locations across 23 countries.

Mr. Molloy, based in Houston (USA) said: “EnerMech is a large, dynamic organization which has demonstrated sustained growth over the years through its new technology patents, joint ventures, and partnerships – all driven by its talented global workforce. I am excited to be part of this next stage in the company’s overarching strategic development and looking forward to supporting the senior leadership team with the legal advice to ensure compliance is continued to be met in these areas.”

Mr. Molloy will report directly into EnerMech’s CEO, Christian Brown, who said: “David is an outstanding, results-driven individual whose expertise covers a wide range of complex regulatory, legal and compliance circumstances across numerous countries and sectors. This made him the number one choice for the business to provide us with accurate and relevant legal advice on a whole spectrum of relevant legal matters to support our continued growth. His experience of leading legal teams is also valuable to the business as we look to retain and attract further top legal talent.”

 

EnerMech Strengthens Position in Americas With Significant Multi-Sector Contracts and New Senior BD Hire

Global integrated solutions specialist business EnerMech has secured a raft of significant new business in the Americas. The multiple sector awards span the oil and gas, petrochemicals, maritime, construction and manufacturing industries, demonstrating the firm’s versatility to support new and existing clients with its wide range of engineering and technical expertise.

The new contracts include a second campaign with a major E&P operator in offshore Gulf of Mexico for nitrogen and leak testing on a third of its installations, and delivering dynamic commissioning, leak testing, bolting and torquing services for a brownfield platform in offshore Mexico.

In Guyana, the team has won essential pipework cleaning services, where its personnel will carry out hydroblasting, camera inspections, air blowing, and hot N2 services. The firm has also been awarded a pre-commissioning project for a new FPSO being built for an operator in the region.

A major plastics manufacturing facility in Texas has also chosen EnerMech to carry out pre-operational engineering, procedure development, as well as provide HSE/QA & ITP and cleaning plans.

And under its Americas’ union entity, ME&I Construction Services, the team will deliver additional services with a well-established US based engineering, procurement and construction company supporting a major petrochemicals plant which processes ethane from shale gas.

As a result of these new awards, the company, which employs over 3,500 worldwide and over 800 based in the Americas, has doubled its electrical team, and increased the number of mechanical pipefitters and NACE Inspectors. EnerMech has also appointed Rob Bleicher as its Vice President of Business Development – Americas, to drive forward its strategic growth plans.

Mr. Bleicher has more than 30 years’ commercial experience, most recently in senior roles at KBR and CB&I. He has extensive experience in helping to secure and deliver domestic and international, billion-dollar LNG projects, large and small refining and petrochemicals industries.

EnerMech President of the Americas region Joseph Lichon said: “This has been another fantastic few months for the Americas team, building on the momentum we are experiencing globally across the business since coronavirus restrictions began easing earlier this year. It’s particularly pleasing to see the big strides we are making as we compete for new work in some of the most hazardous and challenging industries and being selected based on our proven safety record and ability to deliver efficient, reliable results. In several instances, scopes have also widened as clients see first-hand how strong our skillsets are and the ease by which they can be diversified across projects.

“We are also excited to welcome Rob into our leadership team. His technical and commercial expertise is extremely valuable to EnerMech and will support our plans to increase traction in the energy and infrastructure sectors to expand our leading position in the Americas and globally.”

EnerMech specializes in providing integrated supply, operations, maintenance, and engineering solutions and operates in 40 key locations across 23 countries. It has seven bases in the Americas including Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Georgia, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana.

EnerMech’s Cranes and Lifting Director John Morrison is Set to Retire After Supporting the Oil and Gas Sector For The Last Four Decades

A well-known and respected industry figure within Aberdeen, Mr John Morrison has spent the last 13 years of his career spearheading EnerMech’s installation, operation, maintenance, engineering and inspection services and overseeing the global division.

Raised on a farm in Banffshire, Mr Morrison entered the oil and gas industry in the late 1970s after completing an engineering apprenticeship in 1976. Recognising the vast opportunities in the then-emerging energy market, Mr Morrison worked in a number of engineering roles, gaining opportunities to travel offshore and work on major assets, including bp’s Forties field, before finding his passion for cranes and lifting operations.

In 1989, he was one of the founders of a start-up business, Specialist Maintenance Services, after spotting a gap in the market for offshore crane maintenance, inspection and training. The company was eventually acquired by EnerMech in 2008 and he was brought into the fold as the business’ cranes and lifting director.

Reflecting on his career, Mr Morrison said: “Back in the early ‘70s, oil and gas was a very new industry, so the prospects were relatively unknown. I remember being advised not to make the move, but I’ve never looked back and I’m really glad I took the opportunity. Even after 40 years I still find it such a fascinating sector to be a part of.

“I will miss working at EnerMech. The firm is a real champion of driving safety and efficiency and I’ve enjoyed being part of a global company and team where everyone is working together to achieve a common goal. It really is the people that make a business, and this is why I’ve stayed all these years – working with such talented, driven individuals.

“It’s also been exciting to play a role in EnerMech’s diversification success as it extends its services across the renewable and industrial sectors.”

During his time at EnerMech, Mr Morrison was also involved in a number of committees promoting safety within the cranes and lifting industry and was a member of the Offshore Mechanical Handling Equipment Committee (OMHEC) and the International Offshore Cranes and Lifting Conference (IOCLC).

As an industry stalwart, Mr Morrison has witnessed the huge evolution that the oil and gas sector has experienced over the last four decades with the adoption of new technology and practices to deliver highly efficient operations.

Christian Brown, EnerMech’s CEO, said: “John has been a highly valued member of our team over the last 13 years, continually driving our cranes and lifting division to ensure we remain at the forefront of safer and smarter operations. He has a real passion for sharing knowledge and experience with the younger generation and supporting the development of our people. We are very fortunate that he has taken the time to generously pass his expertise on over the years. Personally, I know that he will be sorely missed, and we all wish him the best for his retirement.”

Daniel McCarthy Joins EnerMech as New Strategic Proposals Director

EnerMech has announced that Daniel McCarthy has joined the company as its strategic proposals director to help accelerate its planned growth across the business.

Mr McCarthy started his 18-year career in the oil and gas, engineering and construction sector at Kentz, which was later acquired by SNC-Lavalin in 2015. In his most recent role, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s pursuit of large-scale projects in the Americas, as well as leading all its major global construction proposals. During his tenure, he built up a successful track record of supporting rainmaker deals being secured.

Mr McCarthy’s performance history also includes winning high-value projects in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, as well as managing and developing multi-discipline tender teams to ensure proposals meet all health, safety and quality requirements.

Based in the United Kingdom, Mr McCarthy will be instrumental in building on recent successes with a key focus on devising and implementing best-in-class procedures for cross-regional, complex proposals. His focus on large-scale tenders will also see Mr McCarthy align the company’s technical expertise across its global locations to deliver proposals across the energy and infrastructure sectors.

EnerMech is a global services company specialising in critical asset support across the asset lifecycle from pre-commissioning to decommissioning. The group is headquartered in Aberdeen, UK and has 40 facilities in 23 countries.

The business has experienced a strong performance in 2021 and secured contracts totalling £170 million in the first quarter of the year including substantial downstream projects in Africa and the US and a second award for its unique patented catalyst handling technology.

Mr McCarthy said: “EnerMech is a forward-thinking company with vision, energy and purpose, and I am very excited to be joining the business and supporting its next stage of international growth.

“When bidding for new business across multiple countries and sectors, there is a myriad of different requirements, nuances and complexities involved in the tendering process. The team at EnerMech are incredibly experienced in addressing these challenges and have won a significant number of important and large-scale contracts as a result, despite the recent downturn and coronavirus pandemic. My role will concentrate on developing new methodologies and efficiencies across our tendering process and working closely with our existing and prospective clients to ensure a collaborative process throughout, allowing us to build a strong understanding our customers’ requirements.”

Behzad Kazerani, chief business development officer at EnerMech added: “Daniel’s appointment underlines the company’s commitment to building a world-class senior team to support our overarching global ambitions.

“We have added a number of key contract wins to our books since the start of the year including a five-year contract with Chevron in Australia. And, as awareness has increased of our extensive capabilities and in-house resources to support this scale of opportunity, we are submitting a growing number of new, exciting large scope tenders from new clients in new territories. Daniel’s insight will help to advance our teams and their ability to deliver proposals that strike the right chord.”

EnerMech Appoints First Asia Director to Drive Business Expansion Across the Region

EnerMech has appointed James Phu Nguyen to the newly created role of Asia Director to lead the company’s expanding operations in the region.

Based in Malaysia, Mr Nguyen brings more than 15 years’ oil and gas experience to EnerMech and joins the business from Baker Hughes PPS where he held the position of Area Manager for the Far East. Prior to this, he held several high-level technical sales and operations roles at a number of oil and gas service companies across Asia and Australia.

In his new position, he will be responsible for leading EnerMech’s personnel in Asia with a key focus on driving business growth in existing markets while extending the company’s current activities across Brunei, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and Sakhalin Island.

With a proven track record in operations management, business development and technical leadership, Mr Nguyen will play a central role in expanding EnerMech’s Process, Pipelines and Umbilical (PPU), Cranes, Hydraulics and Industrial Services offering in the region.

Mr Nguyen said: “EnerMech has an enviable reputation across Asia so it’s an exciting time to be joining such a well-respected business as it gears up for a period of sustained growth. As the industry continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is renewed optimism as delayed projects restart and EnerMech is ideally placed to support this influx of activity. I’m pleased to be joining the team and look forward to working closely with the wider global leadership team to deliver our innovative solutions to the region.”

Paul McCarthy, Regional Director for Asia Pacific added: “James has a strong network in Asia and his deep understanding of the region and its demands will be extremely valuable to the business as we implement our growth strategy. With extensive experience in delivering multi-million-dollar energy projects and leading large, international teams James is ideally suited to spearhead our operations.

“We have experienced a rising demand for our services across Asia Pacific and already have a number of large-scale projects underway across the oil and gas and industrial markets. With operators now planning substantial spend across oil and gas infrastructure assets we are well positioned to deliver our services to drive safer and smarter operations across Asia.”

EnerMech has been active in Asia since 2009 and currently employs personnel across its bases in Malaysia, Singapore, India, South Korea and China.

 

International Women in Engineering Day 2021: Building a Successful Career in Energy

For nearly eight years, Yousra Baghdadi has been a project engineer with EnerMech, an Aberdeen headquartered specialist in integrated mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity services to the energy sector.

It’s a role she thoroughly enjoys, especially being part of a dynamic environment where no two working days are the same.

Yousra explained: “My day-to-day job involves preparation of operational procedures during the engineering phases, in addition to the direct control of all operational activities onsite to ensure smooth running and effective project completion. I must certify all activity is in accordance with the approved procedures for PPU, industrial service, hydraulics and flange management. My personal drive is to solve customer problems and I have been involved in the success of many projects for major operators including ExxonMobil, Shell and GE.

“As a child I was more interested in building and creating things than playing with traditional girls’ toys which led me to pursue my passion of engineering. However, growing up in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, it was widely perceived that such a career path would be ‘too difficult’ for a woman.”

Undeterred and highly motivated, Yousra first attained a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University in 2004. In 2006, the first step in her career path was with the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding Company in Cairo. In her role, Yousra was involved in the implementation of pre-feasibility studies, evaluation of EPC contractor agreements and bankable feasibility studies for major petrochemical projects in Egypt.

While working, Yousra was determined to broaden her engineering know-how in the oil and gas sector and first undertook a diploma in Petroleum Industrialization Engineering, before completing a MSc from the University of Nottingham Malaysia in 2012. One year later, she joined EnerMech and travelled to Western Australia where she spent five years as a project engineer.

She is encouraged to see more women build and forge their engineering dreams but would like to see more in leadership roles. “I’d like to see more programs encouraging girls from a young age to have an interest in STEM subjects and to identify and develop those talents early,” said Yousra. “They need to be nominated or given scholarships in the field which will pave the way for their careers.

“As an industry, I feel that female engineers are still seen as ‘unusual’. But if big companies fully support equal opportunities during the hiring process as well as internships, then this negative perspective will change organically to the point it becomes outdated. I feel very fortunate to work for a business like EnerMech that actively encourages women to grow and succeed in the sector.”

EnerMech appoints Steve Swanson to lead growth in Africa

Steve Swanson has been appointed as head of cranes and lifting for EnerMech in Africa to support the business’ continued growth following a significant number of project wins in the last 5 months.

Mr Swanson brings more than 40 years’ experience in crane maintenance and operations and has held several senior roles including executive director – Africa and regional operations director within the sector. With an expansive local network, he has worked closely with government bodies and has a strong track record of executing multi-million-pound contracts with a key focus on service delivery and high HSEQ standards.

Mr Swanson will play a key role in the business’ new training and competency solution service located in Luanda. The company recently launched its new enhanced premises at the centre of Angola’s largest port which comprises classrooms, an on-site simulator and a practical facility for banksman slinger and rigger courses. The team also has the capabilities to deliver remote training to clients’ operations globally.

Ross McHardy, regional director of Europe and Africa for EnerMech said: “As we accelerate our growth across Africa, the business is perfectly placed to leverage Steve’s knowledge and experience to drive our cranes and lifting services in the country. We are in a very fortunate position to attract someone of his calibre with such great connections and a deep understanding of the market and its demands.

“Africa has been a key focus for EnerMech for many years and our recent raft of new contract wins highlights the clear demand for our reliable services and our ongoing success in the region. Our new training facility coupled with our experienced, in-country personnel means we are ideally positioned to continue delivering our global standard of safer and smarter operations to meet the needs of the country’s growing energy sector.”

EnerMech has been active in Africa for more than 10 years’, delivering complex installation, operation, maintenance, engineering, and inspection services across onshore and offshore assets. The company’s experienced personnel in the region also deliver vital offshore deck services including crane maintenance, crane operations, supply vessel operations and rigging loft control.

EnerMech Reports a Strong First Quarter

EnerMech, global integrated solutions specialist, has reported a strong first quarter for 2021 after securing contracts totaling £170 million. The four-month period has seen the business delivering strategically, resulting in new awards with new clients across new geographies; taking its core services into infrastructure, defence, marine, nuclear, mining and renewables as well as its existing markets.

The firm’s order book has been buoyed following the implementation of a resilient business strategy to counter the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has delivered many unprecedented and complex challenges that EnerMech has navigated well across all regions and business lines, keeping clients and colleagues safe whilst reshaping the business for growth.

Since January, EnerMech has secured a number of significant awards and contract extensions, including the recently announced five-year award with Chevron Australia to support its Western Australian oil and gas plant facilities. The other deals confirmed for this period include substantial downstream projects in Africa and the US, a second award for its unique patented catalyst handling technology and the delivery of off-site manufacturing works on the new, multi-billion EU microprocessor production facility being built for a North American world-leading semi-conductor company.

Earlier this year, its new training and competency solutions joint venture (JV) 3t EnerMech was launched with its partner 3t Energy Group and won its first two clients. The projects will support the upskilling of the industry’s workforce in Mozambique and Angola, where the JV has opened a new training centre. The collaboration combines the skills of EnerMech’s integrated solutions personnel with the traditional training methods and digital learning applications available through 3t Energy Group.

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “Global economies are slowly reopening following a long year of the coronavirus pandemic brutally impacting on projects. During this time, we have achieved a number of proactive measures to help sharpen our focus, safeguard the business whilst prioritising our people’s health and well-being. We have a very loyal team who work incredibly hard to ensure our existing clients continue to experience uninterrupted, reliable, and safe operations across both CAPEX and OPEX phases. I am extremely thankful for all their hard work.

“We have made a good start to the year. Our focus on operational excellence and service innovation is continuing to deliver competitive advantage and drive growth. We have capitalised on a raft of new opportunities between January and April totalling £170 million which has not only allowed us to build backlog for growth in the second half of the year but to continue to shape a sustainable business for the future.”

EnerMech operates in 23 countries and employs 3,000 personnel globally. It provides specialist integrated mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity services to the international energy and infrastructure sectors across the CAPEX and OPEX phases.

3t EnerMech Brings World-Leading Training and Competency Solutions to Angola

3t EnerMech, a strategic alliance between 3t Energy Group and EnerMech, has launched a world-leading training and competency solution service in Angola, which is the first of its kind in the country.

The alliance, which was founded earlier this year, has also secured an international drilling contractor as its first client to benefit from its new dedicated training facility in the industrial hub of Luanda, Angola.

Launched in partnership with EnerMech’s local entity SoniMech, 3t EnerMech will provide lifting operations training and competence services, with plans already in place to extend this to cover the full 3t EnerMech portfolio in the coming months.

Januario Nhembo has been appointed as training manager to spearhead delivery at the new premises and brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role. A local Angolan, Mr Nhembo is fully accredited to deliver training and assessment across a range of disciplines including offshore crane operator stage 1-3, banksman slinger and lifting awareness.

Mr Nhembo will deliver courses in the native language of Portuguese, supporting 3t EnerMech’s commitment to upskilling the national workforce in Angola.

The alliance will see 3t EnerMech bring globally recognised, quality assured training capability, along-side fully customisable learning solutions that draw on a range of software and technology tools including simulation, e-learning, VR-learning, R3 spaced-repetition learning and augmented reality.

As part of the new contract, which is already in progress, a robust offshore lifting training and assessment programme will be delivered at the Kizomba deepwater development, which lies in block 15 off Angola. This will include reviewing all relevant competencies for the global contractor’s crane operators with the programme being delivered by 3t EnerMech’s skilled personnel.

The new enhanced facility at the centre of Angola’s largest port comprises classrooms, an on-site simulator and a practical facility for banksman slinger and rigger courses. The company also has the capabilities to deliver remote training to clients’ operations globally.

EnerMech’s recently appointed head of cranes and lifting for Africa, Steve Swanson, operations manager Sean Filby and office manager Eugenia Calunga, will work closely with Mr Nhembo and Rudi Schellhorn, Country manager, to grow the current service offering. The team has a combined experience of more than 50 years in the cranes and lifting industry and both Mr Swanson and Mr Filby have held several senior positions within Angola.

Ross McHardy, regional director of Europe and Africa for EnerMech said: “When we established 3t EnerMech, our core objective for the alliance was to work closely with regional clients to develop and up skill their local personnel. Being able to deliver this just a few months later in Angola is a key milestone for the business and testament to the dedication and pro-activity of our combined forces.

We have formed an exceptionally strong team who have the knowledge, expertise and track-record to provide best-in-class training to our clients. This collective training and competency solution strengthens our position for future growth and expansion in the region.”

3t EnerMech vice president Andrew Noble said: “Our unique approach to training services allows clients to benefit from blended and fully customisable learning solutions ultimately creating a safer, more effective workforce trained to international standards. We are thrilled that our clients see the value in our services and look forward to supporting a more skilled and competent workforce in the country.”

EnerMech Strengthens Senior Team for Success in Europe & Africa

EnerMech has appointed Shahed Iqbal in a newly created senior position to maximise the company’s diversification strategy across the wider energy and infrastructure sectors in Europe and Africa.

Mr Iqbal has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas, nuclear, industrial and pharmaceutical industries and has taken up the role of head of sales and business development for Europe & Africa as of March this year.

Mr Iqbal was most recently the director of business development at KBR and for the last two years has overseen upstream and downstream projects in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to this, he was an executive director at Jacobs Engineering for 13 years where he helped to expand the business into the Middle East and Africa with a number of significant processing industry wins.

As well as a proven track record for negotiating and securing multi-billion-dollar contracts, Mr Iqbal also has vast experience of developing sales teams and setting up strategic partnerships with service companies.

Mr Iqbal is based in Manchester, UK and reports directly to Ross McHardy, regional director for Europe and Africa. Mr Iqbal said: “The team at EnerMech has an excellent reputation for delivering reliable, high quality integrated services with an incredible energy and passion which has catapulted the business into various new sectors over recent years.

“My focus will be to build on this and implement a strategic sales plan to underpin the leadership team’s growth ambitions across both territories by securing further integrated commercial opportunities. There’s a growing momentum for EnerMech’s skilled multi-disciplined teams across the industries in which we work, such as oil and gas, renewables, petrochemicals, rail infrastructure and defence, and I’m excited to be part of the business’ next chapter.”

EnerMech currently operates in 40 key locations across 23 countries, with nine operations which fall under its Europe and Africa banner. This includes Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, London and Bristol (UK), Stavanger (Norway), Angola, Nigeria, South Africa and Mozambique (Africa).

Ross McHardy said: “We have the combined strength of nine operational teams and equipment to rely on across Europe and Africa which means we are ideally placed to respond quickly and efficiently to clients’ requests with a tailored, scalable and sustainable solution.

“Shahed demonstrates the right balance of ambition, commercial sense, and regional experience to harness the expertise of our workforce and widen our geographical footprint.  He will be a great asset to the business as we push forward and expand further into key markets.”

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021, we spoke with our QHSE Director James Cassin about the importance of offering a safe place to work.

“At EnerMech, we believe that the health and safety of our people, customers and the planet is paramount. Operating a safe and socially responsible business that drives innovation, enhances wellbeing and contributes positively to the environments in which we operate in is non-negotiable. This sustainable approach underpins and supports all core operations. But we can’t do it alone.

On the 28th of April every year, we celebrate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This is the one day globally when every individual, company and union can remember those who have been lost or suffered an injury because of a workplace incident and importantly, raise awareness to prevent future incidents.

Unfortunately, during my career and prior to EnerMech, I have witnessed first-hand the devastating results of incidents and it’s something which still affects me today. It is incumbent on every single one of us, to work together to ensure we do not let that one lapse result in an injury, or worse, a fatality.

We also understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. This is why we encourage everyone to provide a listening ear for our friends and colleagues and to ask if they are okay? The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on mental wellness, so through the support from our employee assistance programme and charity partnerships, we are there to support our workforce if needed.

I’m proud to be part of a business that delivers high quality operations which make a difference to the world, so let’s keep making the difference safely.”

New 3t EnerMech Joint Venture Secures Vital Work With UK Government and Mozambique’s Oil and Gas Sector

3t EnerMech, a new strategic alliance between 3t Energy Group and EnerMech, has announced its first award, a significant contract with the UK Government, which will help to shape future training requirements for Mozambique’s growing oil and gas workforce.

The newly launched joint venture combines the expertise of integrated solutions specialist provider EnerMech and 3t Energy Group, which owns leading energy sector training organisations 3t Transform, Drilling Systems, Survivex and AIS Training. The alliance will deliver world-leading training and competency solutions encompassing a blend of traditional training, digital learning technologies and training compliance management platforms.

3t EnerMech has been contracted by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office which is currently working in partnership with The National Authority of Professional Education (ANEP).

The project will see the partnership provide evidence-based analysis into the current oil and gas skills training of Mozambican Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and compare this to international standards to identify any existing gaps.

The study will be benchmarked against the UK’s leading Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) which is globally recognised. The scheme is managed jointly by not-for-profit energy industry skills body OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and includes the four key disciplines of electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, process operations, instrumentation, and control maintenance.

Experienced personnel from 3t EnerMech’s UK and Mozambique premises will conduct the research and also create procedures and guidelines to build TVET institutions and courses which achieve ECITB and OPITO standards and accreditation.

3t EnerMech vice president Andrew Noble said: “The formation of 3t EnerMech combines our respective knowledge, experience and global reach to deliver training and technologies which create safer, smarter and more sustainable workforces. A core aim of the partnership is to engage with local regions to develop local content and ultimately deliver more highly skilled global workers. Winning this significant piece of work in support of Mozambique’s local content development strategy is of major importance to the new alliance and its strategic objectives.

“Mozambique is a significant player in the global oil and gas market and with activity continuing to ramp up, the country requires a robust, skilled workforce to support new long-term projects. This study will play a key role in future training and development programmes in the country and we look forward to delivering the data it presents.”

Paul Stonebanks, President of 3t EnerMech said: “This new venture will truly transform both the lives of individuals and the communities in which it operates in a positive and powerful way.

“In line with 3t Energy Group’s goal to transform the global training market through technology, the new joint venture will help to bring high quality, industry-approved training rapidly and effectively to those geographical areas that need it most.”

3t EnerMech is due to deliver the study to the UK Government in Q2 of this year.

EnerMech Secures New Five-Year Deal With Chevron Australia

EnerMech has been awarded a five-year contract by Chevron Australia to provide a range of integrated services to its Western Australian oil and gas facilities.

This agreement will see EnerMech continue to deliver pipeline services including pipe cleaning, nitrogen purging and process plant drying, integrity leak and pressure testing, hydraulic hose integrity management and specialist hydraulic services.

Paul McCarthy, EnerMech’s regional director for Asia Pacific said: “Having worked together since 2016, we have built up a trusted relationship with Chevron and we are proud to be continuing our work together over the next five years and beyond.

“This award recognizes our ongoing commitment to serving Chevron and will allow us to build on the foundations we have in Australia as we further enhance our technology offering.”

EnerMech employs staff across 40 locations around the world. The connection with Australia goes back to 2009 when it launched in Perth. The company has expanded across Australia to provide a full complement of EnerMech’s mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and inspection services to a wide range of industries.

The team of experts has since grown and developed, delivering integrated solutions on some of the most complex challenges across pre-commissioning, commissioning, shutdown and maintenance.

Constructing a Successful Future

On the 8th March every year, the world celebrates all of the wonderful women that live within it. This is International Women’s Day: a globally recognized day with gender equality at its core. It has been celebrated for over 100 years.

Despite an increased focus in recent years, the energy industry has struggled to attract more women. While the number of women entering leadership roles in these industries has steadily increased, there is still significant work to be done to encourage more females into male-dominated roles.

Today we mark International Women’s Day by celebrating four EnerMech personnel who work across the electrical and instrumentation divisions in Australia. Kellie Lindsay, Crystal Jolly, Xiao Lin and Katey Dianock all of whom have had very different routes into the industry.

Crystal Jolly, a second-year apprentice with EnerMech found it challenging to enter the sector and worked in landscaping and civil roles to build up her experience before starting her electrical apprenticeship in January 2021. Crystal said:

“I really enjoy the challenge of my apprenticeship and I’m always growing my skill-set through practical experience combined with my studies. It would be great to see more women enter the industry and I think we need to promote the wide variety of roles available in construction within schools. If younger women can see the opportunities that are accessible to them, this would be a positive first step.”

Kellie Lindsay, a qualified electrician with over 20 years’ experience, joined EnerMech in 2018 after completing a pre-apprenticeship programme. She explained:

“In my role, I love that no two days are the same and I’m constantly learning. The job offers so many great benefits like rostered days off so I can be flexible around family commitments, which is an advantage that many office-based roles cannot offer.”

“While it was daunting to enter a male-dominated industry, there is no difference between myself and my male counterparts, we’re all just one team here at EnerMech.”

Trade assistant Xiao Lin highlighted the importance of women pro-actively pushing for new opportunities. Starting as a cleaner with EnerMech, Xiao expressed her interest in becoming a trade assistant and after securing the necessary work tickets, she is now a key member of the WestConnex M4-M5 link team. She explained:

“EnerMech has really allowed me to thrive in my current position. I think more women would be interested in entering male-dominated sectors if societal norms, particularly around childcare, were challenged to allow more females to seek careers in the these industries.”

HSE advisor Katey Dianock has worked in the construction industry for ten years after entering as an operator and labourer. Through her various roles, she found a passion for safety and has held her current role since October 2020. Katey is enthusiastic about encouraging more women into the sector, explaining:

“If more companies worked closely with industry bodies such as Women in Construction to hold open days, this would really help improve female participation and grow the female workforce.”

EnerMech Boosts UK Operations with Eight New Contract Wins

Integrated solutions specialists EnerMech is bringing forward a robust growth strategy for its UK operations after securing a string of new contracts in the first few months of 2021.

The Aberdeen-headquartered company has a strong pipeline of work for the year ahead with eight projects awarded in the last three months. The campaigns are a combination of new and extended contracts and will be split across its bases in Aberdeen, Scotland and Great Yarmouth, England.

The new awards include a first campaign for the onshore utilities market. The five-year multi-million-pound deal will see the company deliver crane lifting services to a significant onshore petrochemical facility based in Southern Wales. Other wins include a frame agreement extension with TechnipFMC for pre-commissioning services, delivery of shutdown and small bore tubing services for Chrysaor and the supply of rigging equipment and crane management services for Petrofac’s Duty Holder assets in the UKCS.

Ross McHardy, regional director for Europe & Africa said: “We have started the year with huge momentum behind our UK operations, delivering diverse lifecycle services for both new projects and long-standing customers. Our team has shown great resilience in maintaining safe operations across our regions and our approach to maintaining the highest standards while always seeking efficiencies has been recognised. Our work, particularly on pre-commissioning is a barometer of the sector, so it is encouraging to see new projects coming on stream and developments restarting.”

EnerMech was also awarded a two-year extension with leading Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) operator BW Offshore. A specialist team will supply equipment and crane services in addition to small bore tubing and flexible hose inspections for the Catcher FPSO following a successful two years on the project.

EnerMech is investing in a range of new technology as well as its specialist integrity and inspection team MInteg. The company recently appointed Steve Jones as its new Southern European general manager to help the business grow and diversify into wider energy and infrastructure markets from renewables and nuclear through to petrochemicals and rail.

Mr McHardy continued: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are seeing renewed opportunities with upstream, downstream and midstream projects as well as emerging developments in the fast-growing renewable sector that we are well placed to support. We look forward to continuing to deliver operational excellence and expanding our footprint across the region.”

EnerMech Establishes Presence in Mozambique With New Office and Appointment of Country Manager

EnerMech has appointed Celestino Maússe to the newly created role of Mozambique country manager as the company seeks to expand its business as local activity ramps up.

In his new role, Mr Maússe will lead the business development effort within Mozambique and will aim to secure and deliver new contracts in country. Mr Maússe brings with him over fifteen years of oil and gas engineering experience, having worked as a process engineer in the areas of engineering, commissioning and start up across projects around the world.

Previously, he led business development in Sub-Saharan Africa for companies such as SNC-Lavalin and Kentz and has held general management positions in Mozambique for both Kentz and Golder Associates. In these roles, Mr Maússe serviced clients in the mining and oil and gas industries across the region, providing specialist engineering solutions to enhance project delivery and operational capacity.

EnerMech has also established an office in the capital city of Maputo, the gateway to Mozambique’s international energy market.

Mr Maússe said: “I am proud to be representing EnerMech as the company expands and I hope my skill-set and relationships across the country will allow us to make a meaningful contribution to further develop Mozambique’s engineering capacity.

“EnerMech has already established many successful partnerships across Africa and there is a lot of new activity in Mozambique. I am confident that the company’s expertise and track record in local content development will help us develop a sustainable local business, building a solid pipeline of new work across the local energy sector.”

EnerMech has operated successfully in Africa for more than ten years, working across the continent from Egypt to South Africa and Angola to Madagascar, with a focus on regional content development to combine international experience with local presence, skills and training.

EnerMech regional director for Europe and Africa, Ross McHardy added: “Mozambique is fortunate to hold vast natural resources and minerals and with the pace of oil and gas activity in the country, we were eager to engage with and develop the local energy supply chain. With emerging opportunities within large infrastructure projects, we have identified the country as core to our future growth in the continent.

“Celestino, with his wide-ranging engineering experience and strong track record in Africa, and Mozambique in particular, has a deep understanding of sector specific drivers and brings established relationships and networks. He will launch and drive forward EnerMech’s business development activity in country and we are looking ahead to further growth in Africa.”

EnerMech Appoints New IT Director

EnerMech has appointed Steven Muir to a newly created post of IT director. He joins the business from Stork where he was director of group technology & operations and IT business partner for UK, ME & APAC Regions. Previously he led and managed IT Functions across multiple different industry sectors including education, technology and biotech.

EnerMech is embarking on a period of transformation and expansion and Mr Muir will focus on ensuring the business’s IT and systems infrastructure remains cutting edge.

He has more than 25 years’ experience of leading IT strategy, managing multi-million-pound budgets, delivering change and transformation projects and global integrations.

Based in Aberdeen, Mr Muir will be responsible for enhancing EnerMech’s technology components as the company strengthens its entry into the renewables and infrastructure sectors while maintaining its leading position in its traditional oil and gas markets.

He will report to EnerMech chief executive officer, Christian Brown, who said: “To achieve our strategy of rolling out EnerMech’s specialist integrated services portfolio across the green energy and infrastructure spaces we will rely heavily on a robust and fit-for-purpose IT framework.

“Steven had the credentials and the experience to support our engineers, technicians, business development specialists and support staff in helping to make this vision a reality.”

Mr Muir added: “My experience of working in a fast-moving global services environment is a good fit for EnerMech and I am proud to be joining at a time when the business is preparing for a new generation of growth in well-established and new markets.”

 

EnerMech Appoints Middle East Regional Director

EnerMech has appointed Paul Cockerill as its regional director for the Middle East and Caspian as it seeks to further grow its foothold across the upstream, downstream and petrochemical sectors in 2021.

EnerMech has been established in the UAE since 2009 and currently has over 300 people in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Abu Dhabi.

Mr Cokerill brings a wealth of experience in building oil and gas businesses over 15 years in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, most recently as Middle East and Caspian director for Cape RB Hilton. He also held senior roles with Shoaibi Group as well as other multi-national service companies, previously spending over a decade in Africa.

EnerMech is working with a number of NOCs and IOCs delivering mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and integrity services to support greenfield projects along with operations and maintenance of brownfield onshore and offshore assets. It also has an established training center in the region, supporting the up skilling of the workforce to the highest quality standards.

Mr Cockerill said: “It has been a challenging year for the industry with the impacts of COVID-19, however we are seeing positive signs of revitalized projects and anticipating growth opportunities in the year ahead. With large petrochemical infrastructure projects being sanctioned along with new rigs and refineries in the planning, there is a lot of value that EnerMech can bring through our trusted relationships with clients. EnerMech has a reputation for excellence and I’m looking forward to working with the team here to further expand our reach across all territories.”

Mr Cockerill replaces Steve Jones who is relocating to the UK to take up the role of southern general manager with the company.

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “Paul brings heavyweight experience to our already established offering in the Middle East and Caspian region. His appointment supports our strategy to further embed our upstream energy and infrastructure offering and robustly push growth in the downstream and petrochemical sectors, delivering increased efficiencies and value for our growing customer base.

“2020 has been a transformative year for EnerMech as we’ve strengthened our leadership across the business and invested in smart operations and world-leading data solutions. The robust backing of our shareholder gives a clear mandate for sustainable growth in the year ahead. Despite travel restrictions, we have delivered significant contracts across sectors and we are looking ahead to 2021 with optimism.”

EnerMech Appoints New General Manager

EnerMech has appointed Steve Jones as its new Southern European general manager as the company looks to grow and further diversify its presence across the region.

Based in Great Yarmouth, UK, Mr Jones will support regional director Ross McHardy in developing business across new sectors as well as expanding the core offering to existing clients in the energy industry.

Mr Jones joined the integrated solutions specialists in 2010 as general manager for the Asia region before relocating to Baku, Azerbaijan to assume the role of EnerMech’s Caspian general manager. In 2018, he was promoted to the position as Middle East and Caspian regional director.

Ross McHardy, regional director for Europe & Africa said: “It is an exciting time for the region with the increase of specialist services that we provide, targeting wider energy and infrastructure markets from renewables and nuclear through to petrochem and rail.

“Steve is vastly experienced and his local knowledge, combined with his experience in managing complex contracts across Asia and the Middle East over the last ten years, will be a major asset to our European operations.”

Originally from Great Yarmouth, Mr Jones began his career in the energy industry in 1998 with PSL Group as a project engineer, leading site operations in the UK, continental Europe, and the Middle East and Caspian, eventually relocating to Dubai in 2006 as Middle East operations manager. Following the acquisition of PSL Energy Services, he moved to Singapore as Halliburton’s regional operations manager for pipeline and process services before joining EnerMech.

“It’s an honour to be taking on this role and I’m looking forward to being back in Great Yarmouth,” said Mr Jones. “Although I’ve been with EnerMech for ten years, this is probably the most exciting time as we use our expertise as well as the support and investment from the Carlyle Group to diversify and target new sectors. This has been a transformative year for EnerMech as we have strengthened our leadership across the business and invested in smart operations and world-leading data solutions, so I’m excited about the value we can bring to industries across the UK in 2021.

“In recent years, the east of England has already been identified as a hub for both renewables and decommissioning activities. I’m proud to be supporting Ross in driving this development and working with our specialists as we expand our presence across southern Europe.”

James Cassin to Lead QHSE

EnerMech has appointed James Cassin to the newly created role of QHSE Director as the integrated solutions specialist pushes a quality-driven agenda across its global business.

Mr Cassin will be based in the Middle East, where EnerMech has ambitious growth plans, and the appointment underlines the company’s commitment to the region.

Previously Mr Cassin was Vice President HSSEQ (Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality) for SNC-Lavalin’s Oil and Gas division and he has an extensive track record working in the oil and gas infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors.

His remit is to lead on all quality, health, safety and environmental aspects of EnerMech’s business which stretches over 40 locations in 26 countries. He will also strengthen and improve the company’s robust Integrated Management System (IMS).

EnerMech Chief Executive Officer, Christian Brown, said: “Ensuring that quality is consistently delivered to our clients, and upheld internally through all our systems, is critical to EnerMech’s ongoing success. James has all the attributes for maintaining and improving our strong QHSE record and bolstering our IMS procedures and this new position indicates the importance we place on quality.

“He has worked at senior levels internationally and while this new role is a global position, it is helpful that he was based in the Middle East for some years, as this will be an important region for growing our business.”

James Cassin added: “As EnerMech transitions in to new sectors and new geographic markets, it is an exciting time to be joining the business.

“Now more than ever, clients want to be completely comfortable that their suppliers conform and uphold the highest quality, integrity, safety and environmental standards and I am looking forward to adding to EnerMech’s impeccable reputation on those matters.”

EnerMech is a global provider of integrated services and employs more than 3000 staff across 40 locations in the UK, Norway, the Middle East, Caspian, Asia, Africa, Australia and Americas.

EnerMech Target High Value Contracts With Senior Management Team Appointment

Integrated solutions specialist, EnerMech, has appointed James Compston as Strategic Sales Director in a drive to ramp up activities in the international energy and infrastructure sectors.

Mr Compston will be responsible for driving the strategy, pursuit and delivery of multi-million pound contracts with a focus on the global defence, renewables, integrity management and infrastructure markets.

Since 2013, Mr Compston was Senior Vice President of Business Development at SNC Lavalin incorporating since 2017, WS Atkins. He also spent 13 years with PwC where he led non-audit services to clients including global operators, oilfield services, engineering and construction.

In his early career, he held a commission in the British Army to the rank of Major and was involved in NATO operations.

Based in the UK, he will take the lead in developing strategy and securing multi-million pound contracts with a focus on the global defence, renewables, integrity management and infrastructure markets. Working with EnerMech’s Chief Development Officer, Behzad Kazerani, and reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Christian Brown, he will work alongside John Grover who is based in Dubai and holds the same remit for developing EnerMech’s business in the eastern hemisphere.

Christian Brown said, “Adding James Compston to our management team provides us with a very strong hand in developing our existing relationships with key global clients and for exploring new opportunities in the wider infrastructure space.

“His wide ranging experience in senior business development roles is a welcome quality and aligning with John Grover, they will both be instrumental in driving forward our international integrated services offering for complex energy and infrastructure projects and operating assets.”

EnerMech is a global provider of integrated services and employs more than 3000 staff across 40 locations in the UK, Norway, the Middle East, Caspian, Asia, Africa, Australia and Americas.

James Compston added: “EnerMech is well established in the traditional energy sectors and I will be looking to borrow on that success and to develop its footprint in new markets. The integrated services we can offer and our highly skilled workforce and track record for completing complex workscopes, puts us in a strong position to take our business to the next level.”

EnerMech Establishes Brunei Entity

EnerMech is delighted to announce our new entity EnerMech (BN) Bhd Shd, created to support our growing activities in Brunei. EnerMech provides integrated specialist services across the region and intends to broaden its offering in Brunei. Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Paul McCarthy, tells us more:

“With operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, China and India, we have a strong track record of successfully delivering large-scale projects across the global oil and gas sector. Via the Brunei entity, EnerMech will bring to the market our experience in nitrogen and decontamination services, specialised pipe services, commissioning and decommissioning services expertise.

We are already experienced in delivering flange management and nitrogen services to the Brunei market and now with the local entity we are positioned to expand these offerings and significantly contribute to Local Business Development within the country. We see this as the first exciting step in building on our renowned specialised solutions and delivering an integrated end to end service in Brunei.”

Southern North Sea Success

EnerMech has been awarded a major, 12-month contract in the Southern North Sea.

 

From its regional base in Great Yarmouth, EnerMech will deliver a range of specialist services across nitrogen, bolting and flange management, pipework removal as well as purging of all assets on the project. The team will also provide support in the installation of new pipework, controlled bolting and leak testing.

 

 

Ross McHardy, Regional Director for Europe and Africa, said: “Our in-depth experience of successfully delivering a range of integrated services on this type of work scope were critical factors in EnerMech securing the contract.

 

“EnerMech also shares with the client a commitment to continuous performance improvement. In support of this, we will be using our proprietary System Integrity Management (SIM Pro) software on the flange management part of the contract. This will offer better value and greater visibility.”

 

EnerMech contracted on Australia’s largest road infrastructure project

EnerMech has secured a multi-million-dollar contract to provide mechanical, electrical and instrumentation (ME&I) services on the next stage of WestConnex, Australia’s largest road infrastructure project.

Predominately underground, WestConnex is a 33 km motorway development representing a $16.8 billion investment by the New South Wales and Australian governments to transform the transportation network in and around Sydney.

EnerMech will provide ME&I services to the $3.2 billion M4-M5 Link Tunnels project, the final stage of WestConnex featuring twin 7.5km tunnels accommodating up to four lanes of traffic in each direction. EnerMech will engage a 200-strong team to deliver the project and has started mobilisation and engineering support work, with the detailed project work scheduled to commence in August.

This is the third stage of the WestConnex project that EnerMech has supported, earlier demonstrating its capability and capacity to deliver large scale installation and commissioning of electrical infrastructure, cabling and devices supporting the high voltage and low voltage systems of lighting, communication, signal, fire safety, water and ventilation systems on the New M4 and M8 (New M5) projects.

Joint Venture partners Lendlease, Samsung and Bouygues (LSBJV) are delivering the design and construction on the M4-M5 Link Tunnels. A spokesman for LSBJV said: “EnerMech is our contracting partner of choice to deliver and commission the tunnels’ electrical and instrumentation works and LSBJV welcomes EnerMech’s team to the final exciting stage of this project.”

EnerMech Regional Director for APAC, Paul McCarthy, said: “With a sound track record on the New M4 and the M8 (New M5) projects, this award demonstrates EnerMech’s ability to partner with our customers to deliver complex projects safely within strict budget and schedule parameters.”

“This a landmark contract for EnerMech and we are delighted to be afforded the platform to demonstrate our integrated services approach on one of Australia’s most strategically important infrastructure projects”

EnerMech Group CEO, Christian Brown, said: “This latest award cements EnerMech’s credentials as the trusted and competent provider of specialist mechanical, electrical and instrumentation services to large and complex infrastructure projects.”

EnerMech provides integrated solutions to the global energy and infrastructure markets, including a range of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation services. In Australia, the company has operations in Sydney, Perth, Karratha, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Gladstone and Chinchilla.

Bringing Behzad Kazerani On Board To Lead Business Development

EnerMech has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Behzad Kazerani as Chief Business Development Officer.

Behzad will be responsible for the company’s global business development function, overseeing an expanded BD team which will spearhead an ambitious growth strategy over the next five years.

EnerMech, a specialist in integrated mechanical and electrical services, has recently made an number of senior BD and sales director appointments as Chief Executive Officer Christian Brown focuses on transforming the business and exploiting growth in new markets.

EnerMech CEO Christian Brown said: “The addition of Behzad to our team will enable EnerMech to strategically drive sales and development more consistently across all of our service lines and end markets.

“Our vision, which is shared and supported by our owners The Carlyle Group, is to become the specialist service provider of choice to the global energy and infrastructure sectors. We will deliver this by growing our existing position in our core offshore oil and gas, petrochemical and LNG sectors, while pushing aggressively in to the industrial services, renewables and infrastructure spaces.”

Behzad Kazerani has more than 25 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry, including upstream, downstream, midstream, and LNG. His expertise covers engineering and design, business development, opportunity pursuit, partnership agreements, commercial models, and contract negotiation. He has held senior positions at KBR, Petrofac, IHI and most recently at Houston-based Halff TriTex.

Behzad added: “I am delighted to be joining EnerMech at an exciting time in the company’s evolution and I look forward to being part of an executive team which will realise the company’s full potential in existing and new markets.”

Apache leads way with Arup and MInteg digital inspection service on Beryl Alpha Platform

North Sea operator, Apache, is leading the way in deploying innovative digital inspection technology developed by engineering consultancy firm, Arup, and EnerMech subsidiary, MInteg, to improve safety and reduce asset inspection costs on offshore platforms.

Apache’s adoption of the Arup Inspect MInteg (AIM™) inspection service on the Beryl Alpha platform has significantly reduced offshore inspection hours of the topside structure whilst enhancing the quality and availability of inspection data.

The innovative digital service replaces high risk offshore working at height inspection methods with the application of remote visual inspection tools. It also enables operators and asset owners to access their interactive inspection data 24/7 and make informed decisions about asset repair, replacements or improvements.

Gaming technology was used to create a baseline geometric digital twin of the Beryl Alpha platform to sufficiently capture inspection data, without the need for rope access work.

More than 60,000 images, including 360° panoramic views, captured ultra-high-resolution inspection data. These enhanced records have contributed to improved reporting reliability and the 3D model-based tablet application, which in the future, will help Apache on its journey to adopting a digital approach for the platform.

Jim Saunderson, Integrity Manager for Apache’s North Sea operations, said: “Deploying the Arup and MInteg inspection solution achieved the requirements of our inspection plans while significantly reducing the risk profile of the activity. The enhanced data capture and storage within the 3D model has aided our post-inspection review by removing any ambiguity and enabling users to challenge information beyond what is captured in reports. We can see opportunities of this data enhancing the quality and efficiency of our inspection plan going forward and is already aiding day to day communications.”

Simon Evans, Digital Energy Leader at Arup, said: “This successful use of the AIM tool to inspect the Beryl Alpha, which is one of the largest functioning offshore platforms in the United Kingdom and one of the oldest concrete gravity base structures, marks a significant turning point for the oil and gas industry. It’s a best in class example of how digitalisation and automation techniques can deliver revolutionary benefits, including valuable reductions in costs, time, resource and risk.”

Patrick Gallagher, Head of Integrity at MInteg, added: “Apache’s adoption of digital inspection on the Beryl Alpha platform has resulted in a significant risk reduction to personnel by minimising or completely negating the reliance on rope-access.  They are also benefitting from a marked increase in the asset condition knowledge, leading to a far greater understanding of potential future risks.”

Arup and MInteg will continue to work with Apache on digitalising and streamlining future asset inspections. 

Positivity in the Midst of Adversity

The global coronavirus pandemic has delivered unprecedented and complex challenges – both professionally and personally. Christian Brown explains how EnerMech is navigating this constantly evolving situation to keep colleagues and clients safe

When faced with an extraordinary situation, we must respond in an extraordinary way. There is perhaps no more extraordinary situation than the current Covid-19 outbreak and it is in times like this that we show our true nature. We understand fully the gravity of this global pandemic and I want to reassure our customers that any decision we make puts you and your safety first.

While business and home life has changed beyond measure, what remains steadfast is our commitment to our colleagues, partners and customers. Our regional task force teams are working hard to monitor and support global operations so we can continue to provide safe and timely support that is in line with government guidance and recommendations. New protocols and stringent measures will be implemented in the coming weeks to ensure our mobilised teams can assist customers in the safest ways.

Of course, the challenges we face are not unique and many of our customers are having to consider a different course in order to navigate these choppy waters. You are not alone. We are an agile business, with the ability to adapt to evolving guidance, and we will do our best to help you to keep our business moving forwards. Let’s use the power of technology to stay in touch, support one another and help stop the spread of Covid-19.

EnerMech Add New Chief Financial Officer To Executive Team

EnerMech has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Sandeep Sharma as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Sandeep is the former CFO of Stork, the mechanical, electrical and repair services business which employs 18,000 staff in 100 countries, and previously was Finance Director at Bombardier Transportation.

He joins EnerMech on 1 January 2020 along with newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Chris Brown as the business gears up for major global expansion following its acquisition last year by The Carlyle Group.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, EnerMech employs 3,500 staff across 40 locations in the UK, Norway, the Middle East, Caspian, Asia, Africa, Australia and Americas, working on large-scale projects across the oil and gas, LNG, renewables, defence, power, infrastructure and petrochemicals sectors.

EnerMech CEO, Doug Duguid, said: “EnerMech will start the new decade on a strong footing with Chris Brown and Sandeep Sharma at the helm as they build on the very strong foundations established over the last decade.

“We are delighted to have recruited two first class individuals with broad ranging international experience who will develop and deliver an ambitious business growth programme with the full support of The Carlyle Group.”

Sandeep Sharma added: “EnerMech is a well-respected business and I was fully aware of the excellent progress it has made in global energy sector over the last 11 years. I look forward to taking up this great opportunity to help shape EnerMech’s business strategy which will deliver sustainable and profitable long term growth.”

Current CFO and founding EnerMech director, Michael Buchan, will remain with the business until March 2020 on a part-time basis and retiring CEO Doug Duguid will continue in an advisory capacity during a planned transition period.

New General Manager for EnerMech Headquarters

Planned expansion offshore and in mainland UK, alongside rolling out EnerMech’s services portfolio across continental Europe, is part of a new strategy to consolidate our footprint in traditional oil and gas sectors, while securing market entry in to new territories and sectors.

The appointment of General Managers for specific geographic regions is a central plank of this strategy and David Logan has been promoted to take on the newly created General Manager role in Aberdeen.

David, who joined EnerMech in 2011, has held a number of operations management and business line lead roles and most recently was Central Support Group Manager.

David said: “The newly created General Manager roles give us a much better operational oversight than we have had previously. My objective is to leverage our market advantage in being able to provide a varied but integrated service offering to best suit our clients’ requirements.

“We believe we have a lot more to offer to the Aberdeen and North Sea market. By continually investing in our Howes Road facility in Aberdeen, in updating and modernising our equipment fleet, and focussing on staff development and training, we are in a strong position to further increase our presence in the UKCS.

“Our reputation for adding value through technology, innovation and customer focus is paying off. Transferring this ethos to other markets such as onshore, renewables and defence has already seen early successes for us and we expect to make significant inroads in to these sectors.”

EnerMech Appoint New CEO

Global integrated mechanical and electrical services company EnerMech has announced the appointment of industry heavyweight Christian Brown as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A highly experienced, successful and well regarded business leader, Chris was previously CEO of global engineering and construction company, Kentz, where he successfully led the growth from a small AIM listed business to a $2.5bn (£1.9bn) revenue FTSE 250 company before its sale and integration into SNC Lavalin in 2014.  More recently, Chris held the role of Corporate Development Officer with SNC Lavalin where his success included the $2.67bn (£2.1bn) acquisition of WS Atkins in 2017.

Prior to this Chris held senior leadership roles within US Fortune 500 companies Kellogg Brown & Root and Foster Wheeler with tenures working across Europe, Africa, Middle East, APAC and the Americas.

EnerMech’s Chairman, John Kennedy, who led the search process on behalf of its private equity owner, NASDAQ listed The Carlyle Group, said: “After a thorough and rigorous search process we are delighted that Chris Brown has agreed to join EnerMech as its CEO.  Chris has an exceptional track record in growing and improving international service based businesses with an emphasis on customer relationships. He is a people and customer centred individual with a strong history of creating highly engaged teams, which ideally suits him to EnerMech’s entrepreneurial culture.  I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone of Chris’s calibre and track record to lead the business as it enters its next phase of development.”

EnerMech founder Doug Duguid returned to the CEO role in September on an interim basis after his initial replacement, John Guy, stood down from the role for personal family reasons.  Doug, who will leave the Aberdeen-headquartered business following a planned transition period, said: “Chris Brown was the stand-out candidate to take on the role of CEO and to drive our business on to the next level of international growth. His credentials are impeccable and include 30 years’ experience in the LNG, oil and gas, refining, and petrochemicals industries, where he has consistently delivered high growth and positive shareholder returns.

“Chris is intimately familiar with the market that EnerMech operates in, and there are many strong parallels between his time as CEO of Kentz and our planned growth strategy. He shares our company culture, which is centred on entrepreneurship and on putting the client central to all we do, and I am confident EnerMech will thrive under his leadership and realise its potential as a global services provider to the energy and infrastructure sectors.”

Chris Brown added: “I am excited to lead the second phase of EnerMech’s development and to build on the strong foundations established by Doug Duguid and his management team.  The company has been through a period of rapid growth over the past 10 years and with the support of The Carlyle Group there are no limits to our future ambitions.”

Chris Brown’s appointment as EnerMech CEO is effective from 1 January 2020.

An Eye On Assets

EnerMech’s enhanced systems integrity management package,SIM Pro, is being introduced to clients and is active globally, from onshore refineries in Australia, to offshore North Sea assets.

SIM Pro maps the relevant components of an asset to provide live visibility of mechanical completion during construction and commissioning through to operations, maintenance and shutdowns. The bespoke software package can be tailored to individual clients’ integrity requirements, providing real time web-based info designed to run throughout the life of assets.SIM Pro addresses the inefficiencies experienced during maintenance, construction and pre-commissioning activities and is capable of being utilized across multiple assets and location and by multiple users.

EnerMech’s original SIM system has proved its value to numerous clients over the last 10 years and was capable of managing large scale projects, including in one case the integrity management of 55,000 joints on an Australian LNG project.

SIM Pro is built on the same solid foundations but has additional functionalities, including an ASME PPC-1 compliant bolt calculator facility, full auditable joint history and electronic work pack report and generation.

The system is compatible with all service lines in EnerMech’s portfolio and has been proven over a range of capabilities, including flange management, valves, hose management, small bore tubing, purging, rotating equipment and chemical cleaning.

EnerMech UK Senior Business Development Manager, Paul Smith, said: “SIM Pro has elevated what was a very good integrity management system to another level and is a result of listening to what our clients wanted and identifying what the market needed. It has full life cycle continuity and provides a consistency and ease of transition between engineering, construction, commissioning, start up and operations.

“Every service line we provide to clients is captured in SIM Pro and its large capacity allows the processing and retention of vast amounts of valuable information on individual components for tracking and monitoring purposes. Other similar software in the market is more limited in capacity and therefore requires several databases to be used simultaneously, which is less efficient and not the best use of a client’s time.”

In the manufacturing, construction, hook-up and commissioning phases on the project, SIM Pro can be used, for example, in flange management, controlled bolting, onsite machining, nitrogen purging, nitrogen testing, hydrotesting, chemical cleaning and PSV testing.

In the operations, modification and decommissioning phases, in addition to the previous examples, it can also manage activities involved in decontamination, water jetting/flushing, oil flushing, integrity records, camera inspection and pipe freezing.

Other functionality features of SIM Pro include live visibility of joint integrity status, electronic work pack/report generation, work pack overlay capability, personnel and tool tracking.

Paul Smith added: “Advances in hand held technologies now mean SIM Pro is available on intrinsically ATEX safe zone 1/21 DIV 1 tablets, allowing our technicians and quality assurance including our quality control teams to work in the field more efficiently. Giving added value with overheads being reduced, activity information can be added in the field in real time and images and audio reports can be added instantly to the database.”

EnerMech Boosts Leadership Team

EnerMech has strengthened its executive leadership with the appointment of John Grover in the newly created role of Strategic Sales Director.

He will be responsible for driving the strategy, pursuit and delivery of multi-million pound contracts and supporting global clients in the international energy and infrastructure sectors.

John Grover has more than 30 years’ experience in upstream, process and pipeline sectors including director level roles with, BJ Services, GE-PII, Baker Hughes and more recently with Sparrows Group. Latterly he was managing director of Cape Specialist Services whose portfolio included the Motherwell Bridge storage tank and heat exchanger construction business.

Based in Dubai, Mr Grover will link in to extensive contacts developed in the eastern hemisphere and will be ideally positioned to progress opportunities in emerging LNG markets in Papua New Guinea, onshore and offshore expansion in Mozambique, the new round of investment underway in Australia’s LNG sector and onshore and offshore USA.

EnerMech Chief Executive Officer, Doug Duguid, said: “John will take ownership of a portfolio of major projects, bringing his international leadership experience to bear through the tendering and contracting process to sales, launch and eventual project handover. This is a key role and underlines our commitment to massively grow our business in the traditional oil and gas space and in new markets over the next five years.”

John Grover, added: “I have known EnerMech and the leadership team behind the business for many years and the opportunity to join an ambitious, expansive business was too good to miss. With the strong backing of owners The Carlyle Group, EnerMech has the solid foundations on which to enjoy a second decade of success and I am looking forward to playing a part in that growth.”

EnerMech Appoints New Chief For Americas Region

Oil and gas industry executive Joseph Lichon has been appointed to lead the America’s Operations for integrated services provider EnerMech.

With extensive energy industry experience including engineering, procurement, sales, and construction, Joe was most recently Executive Vice President of Americas for SNC-Lavalin (previously Kentz Engineers & Constructors).

He has more than 25 years of operational and sales leadership experience in oil and gas projects offshore and onshore USA and in Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea and on major Australian LNG projects including Gorgon and INPEX.

As President for Americas region, he will focus on expanding EnerMech’s position as the market leader in offshore pipeline pre-commissioning in deepwater Gulf of Mexico while growing the company’s Industrial Services and Mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation and other business lines.

EnerMech plans to open a new facility in Pennsylvania as part of a strategy to expand its US presence which currently consists of bases in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming and North Dakota.

The Aberdeen-headquartered business also has America’s facilities in Villahermosa, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, and has undertaken project work in Alaska, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.

EnerMech Chief Executive Officer, Doug Duguid, said: “The Americas region will play a significant role in growing our business over the next five years and bringing on board a high-calibre professional with a proven track-record such as Joe Lichon will fast-track that strategy.

“We are well established in deepwater oil and gas workscopes and have increased our presence in the LNG and capital projects markets. Our focus will be on replicating this success in the maintenance market, where we believe our Industrial Services and ME&I expertise will be of interest to major operators in the power, petrochemical and refining spaces.”

Joe Lichon said: “I am well versed in EnerMech’s capabilities and worked closely with them on large scale LNG projects in Australia where I was impressed with the company’s versatility and commitment to delivering a high quality service.

“EnerMech has made significant inroads to the US onshore and offshore market from a standing start and I am keen to take this to the next level by leveraging our success on deepwater projects to gain traction in other sectors. I was attracted to EnerMech’s entrepreneurial spirit and can-do approach, and I believe this will play well in the Americas which is always interested in exploring new ways of doing things.”

EnerMech Wins Five Year LNG Contract in Australia

EnerMech Australia has been awarded a five-year contract to provide specialist nitrogen and flange management services to a LNG facility in Central Queensland.

The work will be conducted on-site, located off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, with project engineering and management conducted from EnerMech’s Gladstone facility and Brisbane office.

EnerMech possess an extensive equipment fleet in-country and will deploy

liquid nitrogen converters, nitrogen membrane generation units, flange management torque/tensioning equipment and the use of EnerMech’s bespoke System Integrity Management software SIMPro in the provision of the specialist services.

EnerMech’s Australia Manager for Process, Pipelines & Umbilicals, Jamie McIntyre, said: “Our experience in delivering similar integrated specialist services in Australia, our extensive fleet of equipment, the high calibre of our Queensland-based staff, and our drive for innovation and continuous improvement placed us in a good position to secure this contract.

EnerMech’s Regional Director Australia, Paul McCarthy said: “We have an extended suite of integrated essential services and we look forward to the opportunity to further enhance our offering in Gladstone and the surround the region.”

EnerMech is a global provider of integrated essential services to the energy, resources and infrastructure markets and employs more than 900 staff in Australia located in Perth, Karratha, Darwin, Brisbane, Gladstone, Chinchilla, Sydney and Melbourne.

EnerMech Puts European Expansion as Top Priority

EnerMech has announced a key appointment as part of its next phase of growth with Alex Goude joining the company as Business Development Director for Europe.

Alex’s focus will be on leveraging EnerMech’s engineering expertise to expand the company’s position in the energy and infrastructure markets across the region.

Alex joins from award-winning engineering consultancy Hoare Lee where he was responsible for leading the firm’s strategy and business development activities. Prior to this, Alex spent over 15 years in the high-tech engineering and construction sector, holding director level positions with M + W Group and Costain. He brings with him a breadth of experience in business development, strategy, sales and marketing across the energy and utilities, advanced engineering and technology, infrastructure and maritime sectors.

EnerMech’s Regional Director for Europe, Ross McHardy, said: “Alex has experience of working in European infrastructure and construction markets and his appointment is part of our push for growth and diversification in to new industries and territories as we continue to evolve.

“Our objective is to significantly increase our presence in both the UK and European mainland markets. This will be in our core oil and gas markets as well as across the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors we specialise in.”

Alex Goude added: “EnerMech has a global track record of successfully delivering integrated solutions for the most technically challenging projects. Whether operating to the exacting performance standards of the North Sea oil and gas market, or providing smart engineering services for major infrastructure programmes in Australia, EnerMech’s proven capability is increasingly relevant across a range of industry sectors. Underpinning all of this is the company’s culture of ‘can-do responsiveness’ and I am looking forward to sharing this with new clients across the European region and beyond.”

Speak Up For Safety

HSE Director Emmanuelle Marshall outlines why it’s important staff speak up on issues which impact on health and safety.

“We genuinely want to hear from staff at all levels – and all locations – across the business about how HSE interacts with your daily actions as you go about your work.

“That’s why I am looking forward in the coming weeks to analyzing and reporting back on the results from our Employee Behavioral Survey, Your Voice Matters, which will help shape our future strategy on improving HSE at EnerMech.

“Nothing on this scale has been done before so the survey will provide a benchmark for gauging the level of engagement of employees with regards to HSE, how involved they are as individuals, and how their line managers and department heads interact with HSE issues.

“Of course, we have a strategy already in place for 2020 and beyond, but the survey results can help plug any gaps, and when we repeat this exercise in a few years’ time we will have a body of evidence which provides comparisons and confirms whether we have succeeded in transforming our approach to HSE across the organization, or still have work to do.

“Be assured, we already have a very good HSE management system, but gaps can creep in naturally to any business and

Your Voice Matters will help identify weaknesses and ensure we learn from mistakes.

“With EnerMech’s ambitious growth plans, it becomes even more important that we are at the top of our HSE game.

Naturally, we want to protect our people from harm and reduce our impact on the environment – simply because it’s the right thing to do. But it also happens to be good for business and demonstrates that we, as a business and each individual within, takes HSE seriously. It can mean the difference between succeeding in a multi-million dollar tender process or losing out to a competitor.

“We have a safety history we should be proud of, but we can make it even better. We must encourage a strong HSE culture, underpinned by an efficient yet simple and standardized Integrated Management System (IMS), but to be safer together we need everyone to play a part.

“The HSE function will continue to be the owner of the IMS and of the various HSE tools needed to ensure success, and will continue to be available for support and coaching. However, it is essential that everyone plays a part to improve our HSE performance, culture and behaviours. Put simply, this strategy needs to be owned by the many and not just a few.

“We are listening, so please make sure your voice is heard.”