EnerMech Invests £10 Million in Australian Expansion

Mechanical engineering company, EnerMech, has invested £10 million (AUD $15 million) in new facilities and equipment in Australia and made a number of senior appointments as it continues to extend its reach in the Asia Pacific oil and gas sector.

A new 3200 sq metre facility in Midvale, 21km east of Perth, Western Australia, has been opened, and following the recent award of a five year crane maintenance contract with Esso, EnerMech has also opened an office in Sale, Victoria, where 12 staff are based.

The expansion programme follows the successful roll out of EnerMech main service lines, which include process, pipelines and umbilicals; crane services; lifting and inspection; hydraulics; equipment rental; training; and valve supply and servicing.

In Perth, EnerMech’s training capability has been extended to include a physical rigging and lifting frame, in addition to a process pipework pressure rig, while the hydraulics operations now include a full stock of hose and fittings, complete with a state of the art manufacturing capability.

Andrew Manning, formerly of BJ Services, has been appointed general manager for Australia, while Mark Duncan, also formerly of BJ Services, has been appointed Australia operations manager, and both support Asia Pacific regional director John Guy.

Michael Laird, formerly of Sparrows Offshore, has joined EnerMech as manager of cranes and lifting in Australia; Bruce Campbell, formerly of SCORE and Geographe has been appointed Australia PPU (process, pipeline & umbilicals) manager, and Dave Ball, formerly of Gates Hydraulics, is hydraulics manager.

EnerMech managing director, Doug Duguid, said: “The Australian hydrocarbon market is in the midst of massive investment and development and we recognise its importance as key sector in shaping the growth and success of EnerMech.

“The considerable investment we have made in infrastructure, and in recruiting the best possible management and support staff, underlines our commitment to supporting the leading oil and gas exploration companies and contractors.

“From our initial entry in to the Australian cranes and lifting market, we have consolidated our presence and are now offering our full range of pre-commissioning, engineering, equipment and training services.

“We have more than 40 full time staff based in Australia now, and with the facilities and a highly skilled team in place to support larger workscopes, we expect the size of our business to more than treble in the next two years.”